Anzac Day in Sydney

Published on LEUT Nic Hawkins (author), LSIS Peter Thompson (photographer)

Location(s): Sydney, NSW

Topic(s): HMAS Canberra (L02), HMAS Melbourne (F05), Anzac Day

L-R: Acting Commander Australian Fleet, Commodore Jonathon Mead, AM, RAN, Acting Commander Forces Command, Brigadier Mark Brewer and Air Commander Australia, Air Vice Marshal Mel Hupfeld, DSC lay wreaths at the Sydney Cenotaph during the 2014 Anzac Day Dawn Service. (photo: LSIS Peter Thompson)
L-R: Acting Commander Australian Fleet, Commodore Jonathon Mead, AM, RAN, Acting Commander Forces Command, Brigadier Mark Brewer and Air Commander Australia, Air Vice Marshal Mel Hupfeld, DSC lay wreaths at the Sydney Cenotaph during the 2014 Anzac Day Dawn Service.

At dawn, on this day 99 years ago, more than 30,000 Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) personnel landed on the Gallipoli peninsula.

On 25 April 1916, the first anniversary of the landing was observed in Australia, New Zealand, England and by troops in Egypt.

By the 1920’s all Australian states and territories held Anzac Day ceremonies and had designated Anzac Day as a public holiday.

In the ensuing decades since the landing in Gallipoli, veterans from many conflicts, peacekeeping missions and operations from across the globe have joined the parades.

In 2014, thousands of Sydney-siders donned their woolly jumpers and attended an Anzac Day Dawn Service held at the Cenotaph - Martin Place to honour their fallen, with heartening tributes to their old mates, and also taking time not to forget those injured in conflict.

Sydney was a sea of tears and smiles alike as people from past and present warships and Associations marched through the Sydney CBD to honour their ship mates.

The Royal Australian Navy has a significant presence in Sydney which was demonstrated by the huge turnout for the march down Castlereagh Street in the City’s centre which was led by Her Excellency Professor The Honourable Marie Bashir AC CVO and Acting Commander Australian Fleet, Commodore Jonathan Mead AM, RAN.

Commodore Jonathan Mead, said Anzac Day is very important mark in our nation’s calendar.

“The day serves to remind us of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, those who have served and returned home, and those who still serve; we march for them, together.”

“There is an impressive Navy representation marching today in Sydney, including the ship’s company from HMAS Melbourne after their successful recent mission in the Persian Gulf, and the ship’s company of NUSHIP Canberra which will enter service later this year.

“It is important that we also honour family and friends who continue to support our men and women after they return.”

Anzac Day is an integral part of our nation’s history as well as an enduring inspiration for our future as we come together to acknowledge the ultimate sacrifice for the fallen.