On Anzac Day we pay tribute to all who have fought and died for our country in war and this year is particularly important as it is the Centenary of the Anzac landings. I hope you'll join me at services throughout the day. I will be attending the Dawn Service at Martin Place, which begins at 4.30am - 100 years since the Gallipoli landing. I have attended the Dawn Service as the City's representative each year since I was elected Lord Mayor. I will also be attending the Mustard Seed community service in Pyrmont before welcoming the "Under 16s" at Town Hall for the Anzac Day March.
The Under 16s were a group of brave young soldiers who were only 14 or 15 at the time of the war and who lied about their age so that they could protect our country. In 2007 the Under 16s first approached me asking Council to provide seating to watch the parade because some members are unable to walk its length. The courage and sacrifice of all of those who served is remarkable, but these men, who were boys when they enlisted, is truly extraordinary. I always find sharing Anzac Day with them a moving experience.
I'm also be proud once again to join the annual Coloured Diggers March, to recognise all the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander servicemen and women who have served, or are now serving Australia. The establishment of the Coloured Diggers Anzac Day March by Babana Men's Group and the ATSI Veteran's Association began bridging the gap in Australia's recognition of the service of Indigenous men and women.
Anzac Day events in the City:
- Dawn Service, Martin Place Cenotaph 4.30am
- Mustard Seed Anzac Service, 8.15am in Ultimo
- Anzac Day March starting at the corner of Pitt St and Martin Place, 9am
- Anzac Commemoration Service, Anzac Memorial, Hyde Park, next to the Pool of Remembrance, 12.30pm
- Coloured Diggers' March, 1.45pm in Redfern
- Sunset Service Ceremony, Martin Place Cenotaph, 5pm