Paying tribute to our ANZAC heroes
ACROSS the Central Coast our RSL and Memorial Clubs along with other businesses pay tribute to our Anzacs.
April 25, 1915 marks the day Australian and New Zealand forces landed on Gallipoli Peninsular Turkey which started the first major military action fought by the Australia and New Zealand services during World War I.
The goal of the intervention was to clear a passage through the Dardanelles for the allied navies to access and capture Constantinople (now Istanbul) which was the capital of the Ottoman Empire and an ally of Germany.
The daring decision by the British to send the Australian and New Zealand soldiers to Gallipoli was anticipated to be a quick action to remove Turkey from the war but the campaign escalated into an eight-month battle with heavy casualties on both sides.
More than 8700 Australian soldiers lost their lives in the campaign and another 19,441 were wounded.
Anzac Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. It is the day on which we remember all Australians who served and died in war and on operational service past and present.
The spirit of Anzac, with its qualities of courage, mateship and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance for our sense of national identity.
On Wednesday, April 25, thousands of locals will come together to reflect on our Anzacs in the quiet, peaceful moments before dawn. See our detailed calendar of events here:
Information courtesy of RSL Sub Branch & the Australian War Memorial.
Terrigal Beach Memorial Park
5.15am Dawn Service with a Veterans March assembling outside the Terrigal Police Station in Church Street then marching to the Terrigal Beach Memorial Park. Veterans, family and friends are then invited to a 'Gunfire breakfast' held at Breakers Country Club, commencing at 9am.
Breakers Memorial Country Club
11am Service with a 'fly-over' of an ex-RAAF Chipmunk training aircraft and supported by students from Terrigal High School, finishing at approximately 11.20am.
6am Dawn Service - Cenotaph, Murna Road Parking Area. Breakfast available to all. In attendance, clergy, Honour Guard, Singer and Piper.
Diggers @ The Entrance
5.30am Dawn Service - Memorial Park, The Entrance; 6am RSL Breakfast (Ticket holders only); 11.45am Commemorative Service, Memorial Park; 12-5pm Grommets Kids World; 12-4pm Official RSL Luncheon.
Live Entertainment, Clair Hayes, in the Showroom (ticket holders only); 8pm Live Entertainment, Keith Hall, Free Entry.
Doyalson RSL Club
5.30am Dawn Service; 8am Assembly at Doyalson Baptist Church; 8.30am Anzac Day March; 9am RAAF Fly over; noon Klassic Blak Band in Main Lounge; 1-5pm 2Up in Auditorium; 3.30pm The Rythm Method Band in Beer Garden; 8.30pm Soul Agents Band in Beer Garden.
6am Dawn Service, Memorail Park, Gosford; 10.30am March, (assemble 10.15am) Donnison Street near Library. Central Coast Historic Car Club providing cars for veterans unable to march.
Hardy's Bay RSL
11am Commemorative Service; Bistro Lunch from noon; Two-up from 12.30pm; Club closes 6pm.
Ourimbah RSL Club
5.30am Dawn service; Breakfast at 6am for a $2 coin. Donation includes two free drinks and all money raised on the day goes to Legacy; two-up will start at 11am and conclude at 2pm; Memorial March at 2.30pm followed by a memorial Service with Gosford City Brass Band; The Pipe Band will also provide a walk through the club after the Service; 4.30pm Soloist JEN will provide entertainment with a cross section of old and new songs and some for the diggers.
Terrigal-Wamberal Sub Branch
5.15am March Terrigal Police Station; 5.30am Dawn Service Terrigal Beach front memorial. Light refreshments available at The Terrigal SLSC after service; 1pm Service followed by Terrigal Memorial Country Club, Luncheon available one hour after service.
5.20am March, Assemble front of club; 5.30am - Dawn Service; 5.50am - Club open for Sub-branch members, club members and invited guests; 6am - Breakfast Service in club. Sub Branch in MPR's; 8am - All bars close; 8.30am - Buses run to Canton Beach Road; 9am - Club closed until after the Anzac Day Marc; 9.15am - Assemble at Canton Beach Road Marshalling Area; 9.50am - Anzac Day march commences to club; 10.30am - Service at Toukley RSL Cenotaph - Main Road Toukley; 11am - Club opens for normal trading; 11.30am - Doors to MPR'S open for Sub-Branch invitees to Luncheon.
Woy Woy- Ettalong-Hardy's Bay
5am Dawn Service. Coffee available from 4am by APEX. Breakfast available 6am from Ettalong Beach Club.
If bad weather, service to be held at the club; 10am March - K-Mart Car park Deepwater Plaza. Form Up from 9.30am; 10.30am Guest speakers will address during the 10.30am Service; The Beachcomber Hotel will have afternoon two-up.