1916 was the first year that Anzac Day was commemorated to remember the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landing on the Gallipoli Peninsula on the 25 April 1915. One 101 years later, we still remember the service of the Anzacs. To commemorate this event, here are details about events in Newcastle & Lake Macquarie.

Saturday 22 April 2017 – Newcastle Memorial Walk sunset ceremony from 5pm to 6pm at Strzelecki Lookout.

This year, Australian Army Band, Newcastle under the command of Captain Michael Fitzpatrick will combine with The City of Newcastle RSL Pipe Band under the command of Drum Major David Harvey to present the second sunset ceremony on the Newcastle Memorial Walk.

Sunday 23 April 2017 – Lighting of the Anzac Memorial Flame from 4pm to 5pm at Camp Shortland, Newcastle Foreshore.

The Newcastle Anzac Memorial Flame will be lit from the Anzac Torch, one of only 22 in Australia. The Flame will burn from 4pm on Sunday night until 12noon on Anzac Day. Members of the public are invited to attend and if they wish, lay a tribute in memory of family or friends past.

Tuesday 25 April 2017

Anzac Day Dawn Service at Camp Shortland, Newcastle Foreshore. The Dawn Service will begin at 5am and will include a band, choir, bugler and bagpiper. The service will conclude at approximately 6am with a four-gun Salute to the Fallen by the guns at Fort Scratchley.

In keeping with tradition there will be a controlled blackout of the site prior to the Dawn Service. Attendees are advised to bring a torch, warm clothing and wet weather protection.

Large outdoor screens on Camp Shortland and Shortland Lawn will provide coverage of the Dawn Service. (You can also watch the live stream of the event from NBN Television from 5am).

In the past, readers have provided tips on attending the Nobbys Dawn Service with kids and other alternatives. These include:

“Go early to get a park and stay cosy. Take beanies and a thermos of hot chocolate”.
“Put back bedtime routine the night before at least an hour. It’s the best way to not have to deal with super crankiness at a 4am wakeup. And agreed, get there as early as you can manage. Kids are already confused by the sleep disturbance and heading out in the cold and dark, so make sure you’re settled by the time the ceremony starts”.
“Park near NIB and allow enough time to walk/scooter to Nobbys. We’ll be going to the Gregson Park Dawn Service in Hamilton. There is a lovely ceremony with schools involved and it’s not so crowded so a bit better suited for little ones”.
“I haven’t taken my girls to the Dawn Service before, but found the march along King Street interesting and exciting for little ones”.
Go to a local Dawn Service instead or the 9am service in Civic Park instead as unless you are there at 4am you won’t be able to see or hear anything”.

There is also the Anzac Dawn Service in Gregson Park in Hamilton which includes a march at 5:20am and  Dawn Service at 5:30am. This will be followed by breakfast (gold coin donation) at Hamilton Public School run by P&F Association of Hamilton Public School.

Visit the Field of Remembrance at Newcastle Museum from 5am to 5pm on Tuesday April 25. Newcastle Museum will honour the lives of the men and women lost in war by once again creating a field of crosses and poppies for Anzac Day. The museum also is showing Shadows of Sacrifice exhibition. This exhibition looks specifically at Newcastle’s Great War 1914 – 1918 and follows general events of the war and also focus on the lives of specific Novocastrians. Until 2018, the exhibition will change every six months to reflect the changing events of one hundred years ago.

Fort Scratchley will be open on Anzac Day from 12pm to 4pm for firing of the guns and tours. Firing of the guns is set at 1pm and 3pm. A four-gun Salute to the Fallen by the Mark 7 Guns at Fort Scratchley will be conducted at the conclusion of the Dawn Service at approximately 6am, this represents the Navy, Army, Air Force and Anzac

Anzac Day March will be held on Tuesday 25 April 2017 from 9am – 10am starting from Hunter Street Mall and finishing in Civic Park. The Newcastle Anzac Day United Commemoration Service will then be held at the cenotaph in Civic Park commencing at 10am.

For more information, visit http://www.newcastle.nsw.gov.au/Explore/Things-to-do/ANZAC-Day

In Lake Macquarie, there are a number of Anzac Day services and marches.

Tuesday 25 April 2017

Belmont: March will start at 9.30am from George Street and will proceed along Pacific Highway to the monument in Cullen Park. The official service will start at 10am in Cullen Park.

Boolaroo-Speers Point: March to form up in Park St, Speers Point at 5.15am. March off at 5.25am. Dawn service will start at 6am at Speers Point Cenotaph. At conclusion of the service, a light breakfast will be served at the Cenotaph to the Public compliments of the Boolaroo Speers Point RSL Sub-Branch.

Cardiff: March to form up at 4.45am at the corner of Main and Macquarie roads to step off at 5am. Dawn service will be held at the Cardiff RSL Memorial Club at 5.15am.

Catherine Hill Bay: Dawn service at 6am at the War Memorial at Catherine Hill Bay Bowling Club. Breakfast will be served at the Club following the service.

Charlestown: Morning service: 11am, Lions Park, corner of Dudley Road and Pacific Highway.

Dudley: Dawn service will start at 6am at the Dudley War Memorial, corner of Ocean Street and Redhead Road.

Morisset: Dawn service will be held at 6am at Morisset Country Club. March will commence at 10am from the top commuter car park of the Morisset railway station, and proceed along Dora Street towards theMorisset Country Club for a morning service at 10.40am.

Pelican: March leaves the corner of Kullala and Piriwal streets at 5.30am, with the dawn service to begin in Pelican RSL Memorial Park immediately after the March arrives.

Rathmines: Morning service at 11am at Catalina Memorial Park.

Redhead: Morning service at 11am at the War Memorial on Cowlishaw Street.

Ryhope: Morning service will commence at 9am at Lake Macquarie Memorial Park

Swansea: Dawn Service will be held at Swansea RSL Club at 5am. This will be followed by an 11am Anzac March through the main street of Swansea and a service at the Swansea RSL Club.

Teralba: March to form up at Anzac Parade at 7.50am and march to Anzac Park. Morning service will commence at 8am.

Toronto: Dawn service will be held at Goffet Park, Toronto at 6am. March to form up at 10.45am on The Boulevarde and step off at 11.10am to Goffet Park for an 11.30am service.

Valentine: Valentine Lions Club march starts at 10am at Allambee Park for 10.05am service.

Wangi Wangi: March will start at 10am from Puna Road and will proceed along Dobell Drive into Watkins Road to the Wangi Wangi RSL Memorial where a service will be held at approximately 10.40am.

For more information, visit https://www.lakemac.com.au/news/2017/04/12/anzac-day-dawn-services-and-marches-in-lake-mac-city

Check out this video of 2015 Anzac Day, the first Anzac Day of the Newcastle Memorial Walk produced by local company media Out of the Square Media.