ANZAC Day 2017 will be held on Saturday April 29 from 6:00 pm until 10:00 pm. This important annual commemorative event will be held at the Scandinavian Cultural Centre, 764 Erin in Winnipeg, and all are invited to attend.
The official ceremony will start promptly at 6:00 pm, and include greetings, laying of wreaths, last post, and singing of our national anthems. This will be followed by a POTLUCK dinner, a social gathering that will include camaraderie and conversation, and a formal presentation titled “Canadians at Gallipoli”.
If you are planning on attending the event and staying for the potluck dinner, we ask that you bring a main OR veggie dish OR salad with enough for yourselves and a bit extra for our veterans.
Special guests for this year’s event are:
- Louise Murray, Second Secretary and Consul from the Australian High Commission in Ottawa, who will be in Winnipeg for the Australian Alumni Outreach Event (Thursday April 27) and passport interviews (Friday April 28), and
- LCol (ret’d) Art Brown RCAF from the Memory Project who will deliver the formal presentation.
ANZAC Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand. It was originally commemorated by both countries on April 25 every year to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in the Ottoman Empire during World War I. It now more broadly commemorates all those who served and died in military operations for their countries.
The Battle of Gallipoli amounted to an enormous loss for Aussies and Kiwis who fought as ANZACs – Australian and New Zealand Army Corps – under British command. There was also a Canadian component to that battle, with many Newfoundlanders fighting at Gallipoli.
A significant occasion on downunder calendars, we are proud to keep the tradition alive here in Winnipeg by marking ANZAC Day with reverence, remembrance and friendship.
For more information about the Alumni Event, Australian passport interviews, and our ANZAC Day event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
looking back to 2015…
April 25th, 2015, marked the 100th anniversary of Anzac Day, to the day in fact, so the DUCW decided to put together a very special version of our annual event at Winnipeg’s Aviation Museum. Club members joined special guests, including military and state representatives.
Explore some of the special 100 centenary efforts made in our homelands back in 2015 through some notable websites and apps. Public broadcasters have created impressive interactive resources which bring alive the story from 100 years ago.
- ABC’s website and dynamic ‘app’ for your tablet integrate details and timelines, concentrating on the first day of landing. Many elements come from an award-winning online documentary. www.abc.net.au/gallipoli
- Radio New Zealand also has an ANZAC Interactive website titled “The war to end all wars” at www.radionz.co.nz /events/anzac-2015
Some of our original members have connections with the military so we have a splendid turnout in uniform, and we invite other veterans. We generally attract a number of military folks to this ceremony. There are a few formalities followed by a potluck dinner and a good visit.
Here’s a little more on Anzac Day:
ANZAC Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand, originally commemorated by both countries on 25 April every year to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in the Ottoman Empire during World War I. It now more broadly commemorates all those who served and died in military operations for their countries.