2008 Marks 90th Anniversary Of Armistice - Australian Services On Western Front

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The Hon Alan Griffin MP

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs


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Thursday, 9 October 2008  


2008 MARKS 90th ANNIVERSARY OF ARMISTICE

AUSTRALIAN SERVICES ON WESTERN FRONT


The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Alan Griffin, today announced that in addition to the many services in

Australia, the Australian Government will commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Armistice with a

Remembrance Day service at the Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux, in France.


Mr Griffin said he hoped that many Australians would attend a Remembrance Day service either in

Australia or overseas to remember the service and sacrifice of the more than 415,000 Australians who

served during the First World War. 


“More than 46,000 of the 60,000 Australians who died in the First World War lost their lives on the

battlefields of the Western Front in France and Belgium. 


“The end of the war on 11 November 1918 brought relief and rejoicing; but the joy was tempered by the

terrible cost in human lives and suffering to Australia and many other nations.


“On this key 90th anniversary, it is appropriate that the Australian Government holds a service at Villers-

Bretonneux, where the names of nearly 11,000 of our dead from the battlefields of France with no known

grave are forever inscribed,” Mr Griffin said.


Mr Griffin said the service would begin at 10:15 am on Tuesday, 11 November


The Remembrance Day service at Villers-Bretonneux will be preceded by the re-dedication of the

memorial at the Australian Corps Memorial Park, Le Hamel, at 3pm on Saturday, 8 November.


Mr Griffin said the Le Hamel memorial commemorated the service of the Australian Corps through its

actions at Le Hamel on 4 July 1918.  In this battle, the tactics very successfully applied by General Sir

John Monash foreshadowed those used in larger offensives that began in August 1918 and led to the

Allied victory.


“The re-dedication will mark the completion of extensive work funded by the Government to repair

damage caused by the deterioration of the memorial,” Mr Griffin said.


For more information on the November events in France and other Remembrance Day services around



Editors note: a list of Remembrance Day services in each state and territory is attached.


Media inquiries: Laura Ryan 0437 863 109


The VVCS – Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service can be contacted 24 hours a day, seven days a

week on 1800 011 046.

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11 NOVEMBER REMEMBRANCE DAY CEREMONIES IN AUSTRALIA


Australian Capital Territory

Event:


National Remembrance Day Commemoration Ceremony

Time:


Ceremony commences at 10.15am.  Please arrive by 10.00am.

Venue: 

Parade Ground, Australian War Memorial

Details:

Details of the ceremony will be posted on the Australian War Memorial website,


Contact:

The Australian War Memorial Events and Ceremonies section, (02) 62434211 or

ceremony@awm.gov.au



New South Wales

Sydney

Event:  

Remembrance Day Commemoration Ceremony

Time:


Ceremony commences at 10:48am.  Please arrive by 10:15am

Venue: 

Cenotaph, Martin Place, Sydney

Contact: 

Department of Premier and Cabinet, (02) 9513 2041 or rebecca.gelao@dpc.nsw.gov.au


Newcastle

Event:  

Remembrance Day Service

Time:


Ceremony commences at 11.00am.  Please arrive by 10.50am

Venue: 

Civic Park, Newcastle (Corner King & Auckland Streets)  

Contact: 

Mr Charlie McGregor JP, Council Secretary, (02) 4968 3743 or charles@mysoul.com.au


Wollongong

Event:  

90th Anniversary Remembrance Day Service

Time:


Ceremony commences at 10.45am.  Please arrive by 10.30am

Venue: 

Wollongong City Cenotaph, Church St, Wollongong

Contact: 

Mr Joe Davidson, (02) 4225 9818 or gongrsl@wollongong.hotkey.net.au



Northern Territory

Darwin

Event:  

Remembrance Day Service

Time:


Ceremony commences at 10.45am.  Please arrive by 10.30am

Venue:

Cenotaph, Bicentennial Park, off Esplanade between Herbert Street and Knuckey Street


Alice Springs

Event:  

Remembrance Day Service

Time:


Ceremony commences at 10.45am.  Please arrive by 10.30am

Venue: 

Anzac Hill, Alice Springs


Katherine

Event:  

Remembrance Day Service

Time:


Ceremony commences at 10.45am.  Please arrive by 10.30am

Venue:

O'Shea Park, Stuart Highway and O'Shea Terrace



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Queensland

Brisbane

Event:


National Remembrance Day Commemoration Ceremony

Time:

Ceremony commences at 10.40am.

Venue:

Shrine of Remembrance, Ann Street, Brisbane   

Details:

Details of the ceremony will be posted on the RSL website at www.rslqld.org.

Contact:

Connie Millar, Public Relations Officer, (07) 3634 9410 or connie.millar@rslqld.org


Cairns

Event:


Remembrance Day Commemoration Ceremony

Time:


Ceremony commences at 10.40am.

Venue: 

Cairns Cenotaph, opposite the RSL club on the Esplanade 

Contact:

RSL Townsville, (07) 4759 9529


Townsville

Event:


Remembrance Day Commemoration Ceremony

Time:


Ceremony commences at 10.35am.  Please arrive by 10.00am.

Venue: 

Cenotaph, ANZAC Park, The Strand 

Contact:

RSL Townsville, (07) 4759 9529



South Australia

Adelaide

Event:


Ceremony commemorating the 90th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice

Time:


9.45am - unveiling of the 'Atatürk Tribute' Monument

10.15am - dedication of the Eternal Flame Memorial 

10.45am - ceremony of Remembrance

Venue: 

Cross of Sacrifice, Pennington Garden, King William Road, Adelaide


Victoria

Melbourne

Event:


Remembrance Day Commemoration Ceremony

Time:

Ceremony commences at 10.20am with the lowering of the flag and will finish by 11.20am 

Venue: 

Forecourt of the Shrine of Remembrance

Contact:

The Shrine of Remembrance, (03) 9654 8415 or reception@shrine.org.au


Event:


Association Des Anciens Combattants Francais de Victoria Ceremony

Time:


Ceremony commences at 11.20am.  

Venue: 

Sanctuary of the Shrine of Remembrance.

Contact

The Shrine of Remembrance, (03) 9654 8415 or reception@shrine.org.au


The Main Sanctuary doors of the Shrine of Remembrance will be opened 11.55 - 12.05 to allow the

public to see the sun shine on the inner sanctum. Due to daylight saving this event occurs an hour after

the hour of remembrance.


Bendigo

Event:


2008 Remembrance Day Commemoration 

Time:

Ceremony commences at 10.50am.

Venue:

Cenotaph, Pall Mall 

Contact:

Bendigo RSL, (03) 5442 4013

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Western Australia

Perth 

Event:


State Remembrance Day Ceremony

Time:


Ceremony commences at 10.30am

Venue: 

State War Memorial Precinct

Details:

State RSL Website - www.rslwahq.org.au

Contact:

State RSL, (08) 9287 3799, rslwahq@iinet.net.au


Albany

Event:


Remembrance Day Ceremony 

Time:


10.20am

Venue: 

War Memorial, corner York and Peels Place, Albany

Contact:

Mr Laurie Fraser MBE, President Albany Sub Branch RSL (08) 9844 4695


Fremantle

Event:


Remembrance Day Ceremony

Time:


10.30am

Venue: 

Monument Hill Fremantle

Details:


Contact:

City of Fremantle, Corporate Events, (08) 9432 9830



Tasmania

Hobart

Event:  

Remembrance Day Ceremony

Time: 


Ceremony commences at 10.00am

Venue: 

Hobart War Memorial (Cenotaph), Queens Domain, Hobart

Details: 

Ceremony will commence with a parade of First World War unit banners.

Contact:

Noelene Lincoln, CEO RSL State Headquarters Tasmania (03) 6224 0881






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