Anzac Day 2024

On Anzac Day each year, Australia honours those who have served in all wars, conflicts and peace operations. This date marks the anniversary of the landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) on the Gallipoli Peninsula on 25 April 1915, and the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux, which took place here in the Somme three years later.

The Dawn Service

The Anzac Day Dawn Service was held at the foot of the Australian National Memorial near Villers-Bretonneux, in the presence of The Honourable Matt Keogh MP, Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister for Defence Personnel, Her Excellency Ms Gillian Bird, Australian Ambassador to France, Lieutenant General Simon Stuart, Australia’s Chief of Army, Mr Rollon Mouchel-Blaisot, Prefet of the Somme, General Pierre Schill, Chief of the French Army, and of more than 1,900 attendees mainly from France and Australia.

 

Let’s take a look at the highlights of this moving service.

FTLT James Evans plays the didgeridoo during the Anzac Day Dawn Service.
Members of Australia's Federation Guard conduct catafalque party duties.
Australian Air Force Cadet Emily Dixon-Mills addresses the people in attendance at the Anzac Day Dawn Service.
SQNLDR Daniel Phillips conducts the RAAF band during the hymn ‘Abide by me’ during the Anzac Day Dawn Service.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister for Defence Personnel, the Hon Matt Keogh MP, and Monsieur le Prefet de la Somme, Rollon Mouchel-Blaisot depart the Anzac Day Dawn Service.

The Bullecourt Digger Service

Bullecourt is located north of Villers-Bretonneux in the Pas-de-Calais. This small town was the theatre of two battles involving troops of the Australian Imperial Force in 1917. Each year in honour of the troops that fought here, the town of Bullecourt and the Australian Government pay tribute to Australia’s servicemen and women that have served since the First World War.

Royal Australian Air Force Band marches through the streets of Bullecourt, France, as part of the Anzac Day service.
Australia's Federal Guard conducts catafalque party duties during the Anzac Day service at the Digger Memorial in Bullecourt.
Royal Australian Air Force musician Corporal Robert Scott plays the bagpipes during the Anzac Day service in Bullecourt.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Minister for Defence Personnel, the Hon Matt Keogh MP after placing a wreath at the Digger Memorial.
The children of the Bullecourt elementary school placing wooden crosses at the Digger Memorial.

Take a look at the photo galleries from the previous services.
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