Newcastle City Council have prepared a program of events to commemorate ANZAC Day 2016. Kicking off on April 1st the commemorations will continue through until the April long weekend, and we’ve got all the information on what’s happening right here.
Friday 1 April – A Soldier, A Dog and a Boy Book Launch and Dog Parade
Meet special guests author Libby Hathorn and illustrator Phil Lesnie for the launch of their newest book A Soldier, A Dog and a Boy. The release of this special book coincides with the 2016 centenary of the Battle of the Somme.
LOCATION: City Library and Laman Street (outdoor event)
TIME: 4.30pm to 6pm
Thursday 7 April – 61st Annual Newcastle Combined Schools ANZAC Service
A highly regarded ANZAC service that is unique in Australia presented by school students for 1400 fellow students in the Civic Theatre Newcastle.
LOCATION: Civic Theatre
TIME: 12.30pm to 1.30pm
Friday 22 April – Newcastle Memorial Walk sunset ceremony
This year, Australian Army Band, Newcastle under the command of Captain Michael Fitzpatrick will combine with The City of Newcastle RSL Pipe Band under the command of Drum Major David Harvey to present the inaugural sunset ceremony on the Newcastle Memorial Walk.
LOCATION: Strzelecki Lookout and car park, Shepherds Hill, Memorial Drive
TIME: 5pm to 6pm
Saturday 23 April – Lighting of the ANZAC Memorial Flame
This year Aaron Kearney will light the flame in memory of his late grandfather, Jack Kearney. Aaron shared the following thoughts about the ANZAC tradition.
LOCATION: Camp Shortland, Newcastle Foreshore
TIME: 6pm – 7pm
Sunday 24 April – War Memorial Grove Candlelight Vigil & ANZAC Field of Remembrance
Again, this year the Newcastle Civic Park War Memorial Grove Preservation Group will be holding a candlelight vigil
LOCATION: Memorial Grove Civic Park
TIME: 5pm – 7pm
Newcastle Museum will honor the lives of the men and women lost in war by once again creating a field of crosses and poppies for ANZAC Day.
LOCATION: Newcastle Museum
TIME: All day
Sunday 25 April – ANZAC Day commemorations
ANZAC Day Dawn Service – 5am – 6am at Camp Shortland, Newcastle Foreshore
ANZAC Day March – 9.15am Hunter Street to Civic Park
United Commemoration Service – 10am at Civic Park
Fort Scratchley Firing of the Guns and Open Day – 12noon to 4pm at Fort Scratchley