2015 ANZAC Day around Geelong
This year Australia and New Zealand commemorate the 100th anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli, marking the entry of the two countries into World War I.
There are many services and special events being held around our region to remember and pay respects to all of those who have served our countries in times of conflict.
Town Hall Projections
The Geelong Town Hall projections are a must see, they are simply amazing. The face of the town transforms into a giant screen that is projected with moving images from World War I and some incredible animations. One highlight is the Town Hall being showered in thousands of red poppies, it is truly breath taking. The projections run between 6:00 PM and 12:00 AM daily
until the 3rd of May. See our photo spread
Geelong ANZAC Parade
Malop Street will host the Geelong ANZAC Day March from 11:00 AM on Saturday. The march is expected to attract thousands of spectators who will line the street to pay tribute to the hundreds of active and ex-service men and women marching, and remember the fallen in what will be a wonderful tribute.
ANZAC Day service at Johnstone Park
After the ANZAC Day March down Malop Street thousands are expected to descend on the slopes of Johnstone Park to take part in the traditional ANZAC Day service. Here distinguished guests will remember times of war and pay tribute to the thousands Australian and New Zealand service men and women who have served our great nations.
City Wreath Laying Ceremony
The Geelong Peace Memorial in Johnstone Park will host a commemorative wreath laying ceremony from 4:15 AM on Saturday morning.
The Norlane RSL Sub Branch will host a commemorative service and march from 9:30 AM starting at Sparks Road in Norlane. The service will also feature a wreath laying ceremony at the RSL in Rose Avenue.
The Magnificent St Mary’s of the Angels Basilica will host a special commemorative ANZAC Day mass from 9:00 AM.
The Portarlington and St Leonards RSL Sub Branch will be holding a dawn service from 6:00 AM at the Portarlington Cenotaph in Cannon Park.
There will be a ANZAC Day march starting at the corner of Hitchcock Avenue and Bridge Road from 8:45 AM in Barwon Heads. This will be followed by a wreath laying ceremony at the Barwon Heads Cenotaph on Hitchcock Avenue.
Torquay Dawn Service
The ANZAC Day Dawn Service at Point Danger Torquay is one again expected to be one of the biggest gatherings in our region to remember ANZAC Day with around 5000 people expected. This event has had a rich heritage dating back to 1949 and takes place from around 6:00 AM Saturday morning.