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Australia Day 2014

Australia Day commemorates the establishment of the first European settlement at Port Jackson, now part of Sydney, in 1788. It is an opportunity for Australians to come together to celebrate their nations heritage and culture and to reflect on the achievements of the nation and explorations of way to make the country even better in the future.

In celebration of Australia Day, Australia’s Federation Guard formed a Royal Guard welcoming Her Excellency the Honourable Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia. Also present were Prime Minister Tony Abbott and the Chairman of the National Australia Day Council, Mr Adam Gilchrist. During the Royal Guard the Australian flag was raised in time with a 21 Gun Salute at Rond Terrace.

Remembrance Day - 11 November 2013

Every year on the 11th November we gather to commemorate the end of World War 1 – Remembrance Day. Australia’s Federation Guard (AFG) conduct a Royal Guard at the Australian War Memorial (AWM) for Her Excellency the Honourable Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

During the Royal Guard, AFG also provide a Catafalque Party at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the AWM where the heads of state pay their respects and place a poppy on the Tomb.

8 Hour Legacy Event - 30 August 2013

Australia's Federation Guard (AFG) members took part in an eight hour Legacy fund raising event. Groups of four defence and/or civilian members walked, ran or cycled for eight hours straight to raise money for Legacy. The event was held at Gaza Ridge Bandiana South Army Barracks in Albury/Wodonga. Walkers and runners completed laps of a 5km cross country style loop and bike riders rode around a 10km loop.

The AFG mixed walking team received medals for coming third after completing 19 laps. One of the AFG mens riding teams took out first place completing 27 laps. Overall the day was a success with all participants raising approximately $10,000 for Legacy.

EKKA - 09 August 2013

Australia's Federation Guard formed a Royal Guard for Her Excellency the Honourable Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia during the opening of the Royal Queensland Show (colloquially known as the Ekka).

The Ekka aims to showcase Queensland's culture, produce, resources and initiatives. Through a range of competitions, award ceremonies, exhibits, educational displays, animals and performances the Ekka displays all QLD has to offer.

Aberdeen Highland Games - 06 July 2013

Australia's Federation Guard Precision Drill Team travelled to the Hunter Valley, NSW to perform various routines at the Aberdeen Highland Games. The Highland Games featured various stalls, Scottish displays and activities. These activities included Pipes and Drums, Highland and Country Dancing and the Tartan Warrior competition. There was a Tug of War Competition and novelty events for the whole family to enjoy and participate in.

ANZAC Day - 25 April 2013

Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance that broadly commemorates not only Australians and New Zealanders but all who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations and the contribution and suffering of all those who have served.

Australia’s Federation Guard members form various catafalque parties for ANZAC Day in Australia and around the world in locations which include Gallipoli, Villers-Bretonneux and Belgium.

Beating Retreat 06 April 2013

On Saturday 6 April 2013, the Australian War Memorial (AWM) put on an unforgettable Open Day for the public. Australia’s Federation Guard (AFG) along with members of the Band of the Royal Military College Duntroon, put on an engaging performance. AFG members slow marched in review order and fired a series of volleys before the Precision Drill Team performed their amazing routine.

The Open Day ended with a concert where the skies above the Memorial came to life with the sounds and sights of an exciting Gun and firework display to the music of Tchaikovskys 1812 overture.

Skyfire - 16 March 2013

Australia’s Federation Guard (AFG) took part in the annual Skyfire show and provided entertainment to the public with a Precision Drill Team (PDT) performance and the firing of the 105 Howitzer’s to music accompaniment.

Skyfire is put on by a local radio station where fireworks are set off to music over Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra. During the show AFG fire the 105 Howitzer in time to the music.

Royal Guard for HRH The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles - 09 November 2012

Australia’s Federation Guard (AFG) formed a Royal Guard on the Sydney foreshore welcoming His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales on his visit to Australia.

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