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Program of Events

Between 2014 and 2018 Australia is commemorating the Centenary of Anzac, marking 100 years since our nation's involvement in the First World War. During this period, we will commemorate many events where Australian servicemen and women served.

The Centenary of Anzac will be a time when our experiences of war and conflict during the First World War and over the last one hundred years will receive national attention and analysis.  It will also be a time for Australians to contemplate the legacy of those who have gone before them over the last century, and those who never returned to their families and friends.


The commemorations below will be supported by the Australian Defence Force in addition to the significant support the ADF will provide to many other domestic and international events. View the full Australian Government Centenary of Anzac Program here.

Information will be available as each commemoration occurs.


2018

  • Anzac Day services in Turkey, France, Belgium, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea and Australia on 25 April 2018.
  • The 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux, France on 25 April 2018.
  • The 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic at the Royal Australian Navy Memorial, Anzac Parade, Canberra on 1 May 2018.
  • 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Hamel, France on 4 July 2018.
  • 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Amiens, France on 8 August 2018.
  • 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Mont St Quentin, France on 2 September 2018.
  • 75th Anniversary of Australian work on Hell Fire Pass and completion of Thai Burma Railway at the Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Ballarat on 16 October 2018.
  • 100th anniversary of the First World War Armistice at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra on 11 November 2018.
  • Remembrance Day commemorations in London, France and Belgium, November 2018.

100th Anniversary of the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux (Anzac Day), France on 25 April 2018.

The annual Anzac Day Dawn Service will be held at the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux in France on 25 April 2018. The service will also commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux. The ceremony is a National Commemoration organised and run by the Department of Veterans’ affairs with support from the Australian Defence Force. Further information on the ceremony can be found on the Centenary of Anzac website.

100th Anniversary of the Battle of Hamel, France on 4 July 2018.

A ceremony to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Hamel will be held at the Australian Corps Memorial near the village of Le Hamel in France on 4 July 1918. The ceremony is a National Commemoration organised and run by the Department of Veterans’ affairs with support from the Australian Defence Force. Further information on the ceremony can be found on the Centenary of Anzac website.

102nd Anniversary of the Battle of Fromelles, France on 19 July 2018.

A ceremony to commemorate the 102nd anniversary of the Battle for Fromelles will be held at the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery in the village of Fromelles in France on 19 July 2018. The ceremony is organised by the local community with support from the Australian Defence Force. For information on the ceremony, email Centenary Commemoration at DFAT

100th Anniversary of the Battle of Amiens, France on 8 August 2018.

A ceremony to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Amiens will be held in the Cathedral in Amiens, France on 8 August 2018. A UK lead ceremony in partnership with the governments of the allied nations who fought in the battle: Australia, Canada, France and the USA, it will be supported by The Australian Defence Force. For information on the ceremony, email Centenary Commemoration at DFAT

100th Anniversary of the Battle of Mont St Quentin, France on 02 September 2018.

A ceremony to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Mount St Quentin and the liberation of Péronne will be held at the 2nd Division Memorial in the city of Péronne, France on 2 September 2018. The ceremony is organised by the local community with support from the Australian Defence Force. For information on the ceremony, email Centenary Commemoration at DFAT

The city of Péronne is also hosting a Year of Australia in 2018. A detailed program of events is available.

100th Anniversary of the Battle of Montbrehain, France on 05 October 2018.

A ceremony to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Montbrehain will be held in Calvaire Cemetery, Montbrehain, France on 5 October 2018. The ceremony is organised by the local community with support from the Australian Defence Force. For information on the ceremony, email Centenary Commemoration at DFAT

Remembrance Day commemorations in London, France and Belgium, November 2018.

London:The UK Government will be holding Remembrance Day ceremonies to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice on and around 11 November 2018 which will be attended by members of the Australian Defence Force. At this stage there are no planned Australian led commemorative activities occurring in London. For information on Remembrance Day ceremonies in London, email Centenary Commemoration at DFAT

France: A ceremony to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice will be held at the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux in France on 11 November 2018. The ceremony is a National Commemoration organised and run by the Department of Veterans’ affairs with support from the Australian Defence Force. Further information on the ceremony can be found on the Centenary of Anzac website.

Belgium: The Belgium Government and local communities will be holding Remembrance Day ceremonies to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armistice on and around 11 November 2018 which will be attended by members of the Australian Defence Force. At this stage there are no planned Australian led commemorative activities occurring in Belgium. For information on Remembrance Day ceremonies in Belgium, email Centenary Commemoration at DFAT


Past Events

2017

  • The 75th Anniversary of the Fall of Singapore at the Ex-prisoner of War Memorial, Ballarat, Australia on 15 February 2017.
  • Anzac Day 2017 in France, Belgium and Gallipoli.
  • 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea in Canberra, Australia from 4-8 May 2017.
  • 75th Anniversary of Bomber Command Operations at the Bomber Command Memorial, Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia on 30 May 2017.
  • Centenary of Messines, Belgium on 7 June 2017.
  • Opening of Menin Gate Anniversary, Belgium on 24 July 2017.
  • 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Milne Bay, Canberra on 25 August 2017.
  • 70th Anniversary of Peacekeepers and Peacemakers Operations, Anzac Parade, Canberra, Australia on 14 September 2017.
  • 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Polygon Wood, Belgium in September 2017.
  • 75th Anniversary of the Battle of El Alamein and the culmination of the North Africa campaigns, Canberra on 24 October 2017.
  • 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba at Be’er-sheva, Israel on 31 October 2017.
  • 75th Anniversary of the Kokoda and the Beachheads, Canberra on 7 November 2017.
  • Remembrance Day 2017 at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra on 11 November 2017.

2016

  • Centenary of the Battle of Jutland
    31 May - Denmark
  • Centenary of the Somme Offensive
    1 July - France
  • Centenary of the Battle of Fromelles
    19 July - France
  • Centenary of the Battle of Pozieres
    23 July - France
  • Mouquet Farm
    5 August - France

2015

  • AE2 Naval Ceremony
    22 April (Sea of Marmara)
  • Royal Australian Navy Port Calls
    22-30 April - Greece, Italy, Egypt and Malta
  • Dedication of Australian War Memorial Wellington, New Zealand
    25 April - Wellington, New Zealand
  • Commemoration of Hellfire Pass and Kanchanburi
    25 April - Thailand
  • Second Battle of Ypres
    22 April–28 May - Belgium
  • Commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the Victory in Europe
    8 May - Australian War Memorial
  • Centenary of the August Offensive
    6-10 August - Turkey

2014

  • Commemorative Missions Marking D-Day Landings at Normandy
    6 June 2014 - Normandy, France
  • Commemoration of the start of World War I
    3 August 2014 - Portsea, United Kingdom
  • Australian Naval and Military Expeditionary Force Landing at Rabaul, New Guinea and Commemoration of HMAS AE1
    11-14 September 2014 - Rabaul, Papua New Guinea
  • Albany Convoy Commemoration
    1 November 2014 - Albany, France
  • Commemoration of the Battle of Cocos
    9 November 2014 - Cocos Islands