ANZAC Day 2018 holds a special significance for Australia, New Zealand and the rest of the world as we look to mark 100 years since our nation's involvement in the First World War and to honour those impacted by the events that took place.
Troops at Villers-Bretonneux, France battled exactly 100 years before as part of wider effort to halt a German spring offensive which was threatening to win them the war.
Throughout early April in 1918, Australian units helped defend Villers-Bretonneux from this onslaught, but at dawn on the 24th the Germans attacked and captured the town.
Leading the British counter attack, the Australian 13th and 15th Brigades enveloped the town and successfully cleared it of Germans on April 25, the third anniversary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli.
The Anzac Day 2018 services held around the Central Coast on April 25 not only mark the 103rd anniversary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli, but also to commemorate this remarkable action at Villers-Bretonneux, which effectively ended the German offensive launched a month prior.
Central Coast Council encourages everyone to get out and support our Anzac Day services and marches across the Coast and recognise this as a very important milestone in our nation's history.
Plan your trip to local services and marches ahead of time as there will be a number of road closures in place to accommodate the expected surge in crowd numbers for this very significant celebration.
Services and marches will be proceeding as planned rain or shine at:
Dawn Service 6am - 19 Murna Road, Davistown.
Doyalson / Wyee RSL
Dawn Service 5am; Main March 8.30am; Main Service 9am - Doyalson RSL, Wentworth Ave and Pacific Highway, Doyalson.
Empire Bay Progress Association
Main Service 11am - Empire Bay Cenotaph, Sorrento Road, Empire Bay.
Dawn Service 5.45am; Main March 10.30am; Main Service 10am - Memorial Park and Cenotaph, Mann Street, Gosford.
Ourimbah / Lisarow RSL
Dawn Service 5.30am; Main March 2.30pm; Main Service 3pm - Ourimbah Public School - Pacific Highway, Ourimbah.
Terrigal / Wamberal RSL
Dawn Service 5.15am; Main Service 11am - Terrigal Beach and War Memorial.
The Entrance / Long Jetty RSL
Dawn Service 5.30am; Main March 11.30am; Main Service noon - Memorial Park, Marine Parade, The Entrance.
Dawn Service 5.20am; Main March 9.45am; Main Service 10.30am - Toukley RSL Holmes Avenue, Toukley.
Woy Woy / Ettalong RSL
Dawn Service 5.15am; Main March 10am; Main Service 10.30am - Memorial Park, Brickwharf Road, Woy Woy.
Dawn Service 5.45am; Main March and Service 9.15am - Wyong Town Park and Cenotaph, Alison Road, Wyong.
Disclaimer: These service times have been corrected from those printed in the March/April edition.