What is ANZAC Day? ANZAC Day – 25 April – is probably Australia's most important national occasion. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as ANZACs, and the pride they took in that name endures to this day. link
ANZAC Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. It is the day we remember all Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations. The spirit of ANZAC, with its human qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance for our sense of national identity. On ANZAC day, ceremonies are held in towns and cities across the nation to acknowledge the service of our veterans. link
ANZAC Day in Washington: To mark this special occasion for 2011, the Australian and New Zealand and Embassies are co-hosting a program of events to which all are welcome. Please see the attached flyer for full details. The ANZAC Lecture and the Gunfire Breakfast fill up fast so you need to sign up quickly. ANZAC Day events are listed here (Pdf file).
ANZAC Day 2011 in Washington DC
To mark this special occasion for 2011, the Australian and New Zealand and Embassies are co-hosting a program of events to which all are welcome. These events include:
Australian Exhibition – from 20 April 2011
‘Framing Conflict: Iraq and Afghanistan’
Presented with the Australian War Memorial
When: From 20 April to 17 June 2010
Time: Daily 10:00am–2:00pm
Where: Australian Embassy
1601 Massachusetts Ave NW
ANZAC Lecture – 20 April 2011
Presented in conjunction with the Centre for Australian
and New Zealand Studies, Ambassador for Australia The
Hon Kim Beazley AC will deliver the 2011 lecture titled:
‘On ANZUS Turning 60’.
When: 20 April 2010
Where: McNeir Auditorium
202 687 7464
Dawn Service - 25 April 2011
The traditional ANZAC Day Dawn Service will be held at
the Korean Veterans War Memorial on the National Mall.
When: Monday, 25 April 2011
Where: Korean Veterans War Memorial
‘Gunfire’ Breakfast - 25 April 2011
At the conclusion of the Dawn Service a Gunfire
Breakfast will be hosted by the Australian Embassy.
When: Monday, 25 April 2010
Where: Australian Embassy
1601 Massachusetts Ave, NW
To attend this event you are required to pre-register before
19 Apr 11(This is essential as the event fills quickly). Cost
is $10 (cash) per person paid on the morning.
Commemorative Church Service - 26 April 2011
A Commemorative Church Service will be held at the
Washington National Cathedral.
When: Tuesday, 26 April 2010
Time: 10.30am –11.30am (seated 10:15am)
Where: Washington National Cathedral
Massachusetts/Wisconsin Aves NW
Coordinators: Australian Embassy: Squadron Leader Gary Lewis – firstname.lastname@example.org
New Zealand Embassy: Lieutenant Colonel Rob Gillard – email@example.com
For more information: Please visit the Embassy websites at the following addresses:
To RSVP to the Gunfire Breakfast e-mail Cultural.RelationsUS@dfat.gov.au