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Anzac Day Dawn Service

ANZAC Day is the anniversary of the landing of troops from Australia and New Zealand on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey during World War 1.

The Dawn Service is one of the most revered and popular ceremonies that takes place on Anzac Day. It is thought to have originated in the military routine known as the "stand-to". Opposing armies often attacked in the partial light of dusk and dawn. Ever vigilant, the Austalian military made it a practice to wake the soldiers and prepare them at their posts with weapons before the other armies could strike. The Dawn Service seeks to recapture those quiet moments in the near-darkness, when soldiers had an opportunity to bond and reflect. While the first Dawn Services were vigils performed only by veterans in complete silence, all Australians are encourage to participate.

Members of the Australian and New Zealand community in Jersey have organised an event on Tuesday 25th April to mark ANZAC Day. There will be a short Act of Remembrance by the Cenotaph at 5.45am, and at approximately 6am the Town Hall will be open for approriate refreshments.

If you have any queries about the event itself please contact the organiser, Mr John Davis, on 07797 332663 or