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Remembrance Day

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare during the First World War. In many parts of the world, people observe a one-minute silence at 11am every November 11 to remember those who lost their lives during the First World War. From 2014 to 2018, this day takes on added significance as it marks the centenary of the First World War.

Schools Centenary Commemoration of Armistice

Parade & Service

Thursday, November 8

9.30am – 12noon

York Street & Anzac Peace Park

Approximately 2000 students from 26 schools across the region will participate in a combined schools Remembrance Day parade down York Street. Following this, the students will congregate in Anzac Peace Park for a memorial service. Part of this event will include a unique Bell and Cross Ceremony where 100 students will hold names of each soldier listed on the WWI memorial and will form a human cross within Anzac Peace Park.

Remembrance Day Troop March & Memorial Service

Parade & Service

Sunday, November 11

10am – 12noon

York Street & Anzac Peace Park

A troop march down York Street including Australian Defence Force personnel, cadets and representatives will commemorate the Centenary of Armistice. The march will be followed by a commemorative service in Anzac Peace Park.

Armistice Day Community Celebration

Stirling Terrace

Sunday, November 11

12noon – 6pm

Stirling Terrace will be transformed into a community celebration featuring buskers, live music, food and a variety of market stalls.

Further information to come.

Field of Light: Avenue of Honour by Bruce Munro

Avenue of Honour, Apex Drive.

4 October – 25 April 2019

Sunset – 10pm daily.

An immersive installation by Bruce Munro gently illuminating the Avenue of Honour at Mt Clarence in homage to the Anzacs who departed from Albany for the Great War.

Visit www.fieldoflightalbany.com.au for further information.

By Other Eyes – Armistice Day Choral Performance

Avenue of Honour 

Sunday, November 11 

7pm – 10pm

The Armistice Day Choral Project is a community arts project coordinated by the Vancouver Arts Centre in conjunction with Matt Reuben James Ward and the Vocal Performance Initiative.

Matt Ward and the creative team will work with community choirs and singers from across the Great Southern to develop a new choral work called By Other Eyes, commemorating the centenary of Armistice.

By Other Eyes will pay respect to those who served Australia in WWI and advocates for peace in the world and our communities. The project facilitates dual storytelling in order to represent the experiences of both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal service personnel. The final composition of By Other Eyes will be a tapestry of excerpts from WWI letters, accounts and contemporary prose devised through a facilitated creative development process with the Great Southern (WA) community.

Honouring Albany’s Own exhibition

Barracks Main Gallery – Princess Royal Fortress Military Museum

6 October – 29 April 

9am – 5pm every day (closed Christmas Day)

Honouring Albany’s Own portrays 187 men and women who are remembered on the Avenue of Honour. Images of the men and women have been sourced and further details of their service, where they were born and where they now rest will be displayed.

The Great Ride Palestine 1918 – Ms Carmel Charlton

Albany Public Library, York Street

Wednesday, November 7

6pm onwards

Woven together are songs, dialogue, poems and projected images relating to the story of the Australian Light Horse at war in 1918. Audiences are shown the human experience of the 10th Light Horse Regiment and the Australian Mounted Division as the men rode and fought their way through Palestine to Damascus in what has become known as ‘The Great Ride’. It was the last major involvement in the Middle East by the Allied Forces who were fighting the Turks and Germans.

The Great Ride involved the biggest column of mounted men since Alexander the Great traversed the same deserts.

Arch of Remembrance & Event Hub

Town Square, York Street

Thursday November 8 – Sunday November 11

10am – 3pm daily

Albany’s Town Square will become a space for reflection and commemoration, providing visitors and community members the opportunity to pin a poppy or gratitude card, as well as find visitor and event information.

Poppies in the Sand and Memorial Service

Middleton Beach

Thursday November 8 – Sunday November 11

10am – 4pm daily

Since the start of the Centenary of Anzac in 2014, Poppies in the Sand has provided visitors and members of the community the opportunity to plant a poppy in the sands of Albany’s iconic Middleton Beach.

Join Middleton Beach group for the finale of Poppies in the Sand with a short memorial service on Remembrance Day at 3pm.

Anzac Albany Public Lecture Series – Dr Leigh Straw

Albany Public Library

Thursday, November 8

5.30pm

Notable experts in the fields of social and military history will present a lecture series across the commemorative period for the community to enhance their knowledge and engagement with the Anzac story.

Dr Leigh Straw, Senior Lecturer in Aboriginal Studies and History at University of Notre Dame will deliver an author talk about her most recent book, ‘After the War: Returned Soldiers and the Mental and Physical Scars of World War I’.

Cascading Poppy Projections

Town Hall facade 

Thursday, November 8

Sunset – Midnight

Department of Communities will be projecting a cascade of 59,000 poppies representing the approximate number of Australian soldiers who died during World War I onto the Albany Town Hall.

Ceremonial Sunset

National Anzac Centre

Friday, November 9

Sunset onwards

The Royal Australian Navy Sunset Ceremony is one of the oldest naval ceremonies, dating back centuries to the age of sail. The ceremony reflects the worldwide naval tradition of saluting the lowering of the ensign at sunset each day in harbour.

‘It’s Been A Long, Long Time’ Performance

Port Theatre, Princess Royal Drive

Friday, November 9 | 7.30pm

Saturday, November 10 | 2pm

*ticketed event. Tickets available through Paperbark Merchants.

‘It’s Been A Long, Long Time’ pays tribute to the songs, dance and prose that commemorated the end of World War One, as well as items that capture both the celebration and reflection of the end of war.

A Light Shade of Red Exhibition

Albany Town Hall

Saturday, November 10

A Light Shade of Red is a youth engagement project incorporating a media and costume hanging exhibition, as well as a performance exploring the fragility of beauty in an age of conflict, terror and disruption.

Queen’s Jubilee Gardens Official Opening

Stirling Terrace

Sunday, November 11 

12.30pm

The official opening of the Queen’s Jubilee Gardens along Proudlove Parade will form part of the Stirling Terrace Community Celebration.

School Parade and Memorial Service
Thursday 8 November
Closure: 0900hrs – 1200hrs
York St and Princess Royal Drive
York Street will open once schools are mustered in Anzac Peace Park. Princess Royal Drive will remain closed until noon.

Remembrance Day Troop March and Memorial Service
Sunday 11 November
Closure: 0900hrs – 1200hrs
York St and Princess Royal Drive
York Street will open once troops are mustered in Anzac Peace Park. Princess Royal Drive will remain closed until noon.

Community Celebration
Sunday 11 November
Closure: 0400hrs – 2200hrs
Stirling Terrace from York Street to Spencer Street