Anzac Day Programme
100th Anniversary of the Landing at Gallipoli
Anzac Day Program
Saturday 25th April 2015
The Centenary of ANZAC Dawn Service will commence at the Cenotaph on the Esplanade 0530 hours (5.30 am).
Ex-service and serving personnel and spectators are requested to be at the Cenotaph by 0500 hours (5.00 am).
The Dawn Service will include the mounting of the Catafalque Party, an ANZAC prayer; official wreath laying; Ataturk's letter to Australian Mothers; the playing of the Last Post; the Ode to the Fallen; a Minutes Silence; the playing of the Rouse; the hymn The Recessional; an address by Lieutenant Colonel Ben Toyne, Commanding Officer, 51st Battalion, the Far North Queensland Regiment; handing over of the Torch; the Benediction; singing of the Australian and New Zealand National Anthems
by the combined Choirs of St Monica’s & St Augustine’s colleges; and, the dismounting of the Catafalque Party.
ECUMENICAL CHURCH SERVICE
The Centenary of ANZAC Cairns Ecumenical Service will be held in St Monica's Cathedral commencing at 0815 hours (8.15am). The service will include a choir and ensemble of students from Freshwater Christian college and Trinity Anglican School; a recital of the poem ANZAC Day and the Ode to the Fallen by two Cairns High School students and a solo piece (Abide With Me) by Patrice Hogan accompanied on the Cathedral organ by Toni Dunstan. Members of the Australian Cadet Corps will mount a Catafalque Party prior to the playing of the Last Post by Rachael Evans. Bob Manning, the Mayor of Cairns will provide the Closing Remarks.
The Centenary of ANZAC March will assemble at Munro Martin Park at 0930 (9.30 am) and step off at 1000 hours (10.00 am). The March route will take them along Minnie Street and then south along the Cairns Esplanade, arriving at Fogarty Park for the commemoration service.
COMMUNITY BREAKFAST AND COMMEMORATION SERVICE
In recognition of the significance of this Anzac Day, Cairns Regional Council will host a community breakfast at Fogarty Park, linking the traditional Dawn Service with the mid-morning March and traditional commemoration service. A community breakfast will be served for a gold coin donation from 7.30am. The event will include performances and displays, including historic vehicles and memorabilia by the Indigenous Service Personnel. At 9.00am the Fogarty Park stage will host a special presentation of ‘The Soldier’s Wife’ – a moving musical performance telling stories of women affected by war and conflict far from home. The traditional Commemoration Service will begin after the arrival of the March (approx.. 10.20 am) and will conclude at approx.. 11.00am.