Anzac Day 2014
While we remember those who fell at Anzac Cove in 1915, Anzac Day is also about recognising our veterans who served in recent conflicts in Vietnam, Korea and the Middle East, as well as those who have served on international peacekeeping missions.
This year, Army will be supporting Anzac Day at dawn services, marches, memorials and cenotaphs throughout metropolitan and rural Australia and overseas. We will commemorate those who have served this great nation with ceremonies of remembrance and reflection. We will also recognise and thank Australian servicemen and women who continue to serve on operations.
Anzac Day on operations
More than 2000 Australian Defence Force (ADF) members are deployed on operations, continuing the Anzac spirit while serving Australia’s national interests at home and in many countries around the world.
Our service men and women are contributing to a nationally-oriented mission in Afghanistan, providing ongoing training and advisory support to the Afghan National Security Forces, contributing to various United Nations missions, and assisting and enhancing security and stability in our region, including domestic maritime security duties in Australia’s maritime approaches.
All major ADF contingents deployed throughout the world will conduct a dawn service followed by a traditional gunfire breakfast, and games such as two-up within the parameters of continuing daily operation requirements and host-nation laws.
ADF personnel will get a chance to reflect on the significance of serving on operations on Anzac Day and where the situation allows, it will be a day of reduced tempo.
Anzac Day on operations is one of the most memorable and solemn experiences of one’s military career. It is an opportunity for today's military members to remember the Anzacs who went before them and reflect on the contribution they are making for Australia.
Each location provides a distinctly unique experience on Anzac Day, taking in local historical significance and current operational situations.
Middle East Area of Operations
- Personnel deployed in the Middle East area of Operations may be joined by local coalition forces for local Anzac Day services.
- In Kandahar and Kabul, where Australian personnel are deployed, a coalition service will be held to commemorate Anzac Day.
- In Kabul, Headquarters International Security Assistance Force is holding a Dawn Service and Gunfire Breakfast followed by a game of touch football between Australian and New Zealand forces.
- In Kandahar, following a Dawn Service and Gunfire Breakfast, games of volleyball will be played between participating coalition forces.
United Arab Emirates
- At Camp Baird, the Australian National Headquarters in Al Minhad Air Base, United Arab Emirates, a Dawn Service at the Joint Task Force 633 Memorial within the base will mark the day, with breakfast and sporting activities to follow.
- HMAS Darwin, currently operating in the Middle East maritime environment will commemorate Anzac Day with a Dawn Service on board and will follow this with a commemorative ceremony at the site where two WWI Australian Defence personnel are buried in Tanzania.
Egypt and Israel
- Personnel deployed to Egypt and Israel, where some of Australia’s most important historical battles were fought, will participate in services highly significant to the Anzac legend.
- Those serving at sea protecting our borders as part of Operation RESOLUTE will conduct small ceremonies on board their vessels to commemorate Anzac Day.
The distribution of ADF members on current operations:
Approximately 3200 Australian Defence Force personnel are deployed on operations overseas and within Australia to protect Australia and its national interests.
- Operation SLIPPER (Middle East Area of Operations): Approximately 400 in Afghanistan and a further 800 providing support in the region.
- Operation RESOLUTE (Border Protection): Up to 800 ADF members.
- Operation MAZURKA (Sinai Peninsula, Egypt): Approximately 25 ADF members.
- Operation ASLAN (South Sudan): Approximately 20 ADF members.
- Operation PALADIN (Middle East): Approximately 12 ADF members.
- Operation PALATE II (Afghanistan): Approximately 4 ADF members.
- Operation SOUTHERN INDIAN OCEAN: Approximately 1200 ADF members.
Centenary of Anzac
From 2014 until 2018 Australia will commemorate the Centenary of Anzac – 100 years since our nation’s involvement in the First World War.
During the Anzac Centenary we will remember not only the original Anzacs who served at Gallipoli and the Western Front, but commemorate more than a century of service by Australian servicemen and women.
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs is coordinating planning for the commemoration of the Centenary of Anzac celebrations. For more information visit www.anzaccentenary.gov.au.