ANZAC DAY – 25 APRIL
The ANZAC tradition of courage, determination and mate-ship, was established on 25 April 1915 when the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) landed on the Gallipoli Peninsular. It was the start of a campaign that lasted eight months and saw some 25,000 Australian casualties.
This Gallipoli Campaign created a legend – the notion of the ANZAC spirit.
In 1916, the first anniversary of the landing was observed in Australia, New Zealand, England and by troops in Egypt. That year 25th April was officially named ‘ANZAC Day’ by the acting Australian Prime Minister, George Pearce.
ANZAC Day ceremonies began in the 1920s and continued throughout the 1930s and 1940s, with World War II veterans joining parades around the country. In the ensuing decades returned servicemen and women from the conflicts in Malaya, Indonesia, Korea and Vietnam, veterans from allied countries and peacekeepers joined the parades.
Hampton RSL conducts a dawn service at 25 Holyrood Street each year and also conducts a Field of Remembrance Service, involving schools from the local area – usually held on the Friday before Anzac Day. The ceremony is short, simple and entirely non-denominational, culminating in the planting of white crosses in a Field of Remembrance. The crosses are planted by relatives and friends of fallen servicemen as a tribute to their memory. During the following week, the crosses are burned and the ashes scattered on the field.
LEGACY WEEK – 27 AUGUST-2 SEPTEMBER 2017
Legacy Week is Australia’s iconic fundraising campaign which began in 1942. It is also known for its Badge Day and the iconic badges offered as a token of appreciation for the donation made by the public.
The funds raised from Legacy Week help Legacy continue to assist approximately 80,000 widows and 1,800 children and people with disabilities Australia-wide, with essential services such as, counselling, special housing, medical, advocacy and social support.
Sunday 27 August to Saturday 2 September 2017
BADGE DAY: Friday 1 September 2017
REMEMBRANCE DAY – 11.00am 11 NOVEMBER
The poppy has become widely accepted throughout the allied nations as a symbol of remembrance which was to be worn on Armistice Day. Poppies were first sold in Australia in 1921 and continue to be sold by the RSL in the lead up to Remembrance Day every year to raise the much needed funds for the organisation’s valuable welfare work.
According to soldier’s folklore, the vivid red of the poppy came from the blood of their comrades soaking the ground. Poppies grew in profusion over the soil which had become the grave to thousands of soldiers, making the poppy an appropriate symbol to represent the sacrifice of life and the bloodshed of trench warfare.
Unlike ANZAC Day, Remembrance Day is not a public holiday in Australia but services are held at 11am at War Memorials and cenotaphs in suburbs and towns across the country. Traditionally, the Last Post is sounded by a bugler followed by one minute of silence. After the minute of silence, flags are raised from half-mast to masthead as The Rouse is played.
Hampton RSL conducts a Remembrance Day Service each year, commencing at 10.45am. All are welcome to attend.