Commemorate Anzac Day at the Canberra Heritage Festival

Released 23/04/2018

Want to do something different to commemorate Anzac Day this year beyond attending a dawn service and playing two up?

“At this year’s Canberra and Region Heritage Festival there are so many ways for you to pay your respects to the many ordinary Australians who served our country and their stories of struggle and sacrifice,” event coordinator Linda Roberts said.

“Anzac Day always occurs during the Heritage Festival, which includes many events linked to our military history. In 2018 we commemorate the centenary of the Armistice that ended World War I. After more than four years of unimaginable bloodshed and destruction the war was finally over,” Mrs Roberts said.

Over the Anzac period, you can:

  • Participate in the Anzac Peace Vigil at Mount Ainslie on Anzac Day eve, Tuesday 24 April. Now an essential Canberra experience, join a community singing ceremony at dusk before making your way to the War Memorial in a lantern lit procession. This event focusses on peace and reimagines the Anzac narrative away from its exclusive focus on past overseas wars and towards a more peaceful and inclusive future.
  • Learn about the peacekeeping memorials on Anzac Parade on 26 April. You may have driven past them a hundred times, but now you can join a walking tour and learn about the stories behind these artworks.
  • Find out how to protect your family’s military memorabilia on Tuesday 24 April. Join a talk from Endangered Heritage and learn preventative conservation techniques for uniforms, medals, photos, documents and some technology items.
  • Attend a World War I trench tour with Mark Butz on 28 April. Throughout the Festival, Jerrabomberra Wetlands are holding tours of trenches that were used by the Royal Military College Duntroon for training exercises and preparation during World War I.

The 2018 Canberra and Region Heritage Festival runs until Sunday 29 April.

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