2022 ANZAC DAY IN WOLLONGONG
ANZAC Day is one of Australia‘s most important national commemorative occasions. It marks the anniversary of the start of the first major military campaign fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. ANZAC Day commemorative events have been held on 25 April each year since 1916; they provide opportunities for our community to honour all who have served our nation, and other nations, in peacetime and in conflicts, and particularly those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
In 2022 the City of Wollongong RSL sub-Branch is conducting a Dawn Service and a March through the streets of Wollongong. The Wollongong ANZAC Day March, has been organised in partnership with the Wollongong City Council.
Most of the RSL sub-Branches in the lllawarra region will be conducting Dawn Services on ANZAC Day. The City of Wollongong RSL sub-Branch Dawn Service will be held at the Wollongong Cenotaph, in Church Street Wollongong on the eastern edge of McCabe Park, commencing at 5.00 am sharp. Members of the public and media representatives are most welcome to attend and are asked to be in attendance no later than 4.50 am. The ANZAC Day address this year will be delivered by Major Jonathan Bourke, Officer Commanding B Company 4th/3rd Battalion RNSWR; the Army Reserve unit based at Gwynneville.
ANZAC DAY MARCH
The Wollongong ANZAC Day March will commence at 10.00 am with vintage cars followed by foot-marchers led by Commodore Stewart Dunne RAN (Hydrographer of Australia). The route followed is the Crown Street Mall facing Kembla Street, right into Kembla Street, and right into Burelli Street. They will pass the Reviewing Officer Rear Admiral Bruce Kafer AM CSC RAN in company with the Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery AM on the saluting dais in Burelli Street, then left into Church Street. After passing the Wollongong Cenotaph and Maccabe Park Pioneer Hall marchers will turn right into the centre of McCabe Park, where they will disperse.
The ANZAC Day March will include vintage cars and other vehicles carrying disabled veterans, Australian Defence Force personnel, members of lllawarra-based RSL sub Branches, representatives of other ex-Service organisations and veterans’ groups, and contingents representing regional Defence Cadet units, and community organisations. Local bands will provide musical support.
Commodore Stewart Dunne RAN the Hydrograher of Australia will be the ANZAC Day March Leader.
Spectators are encouraged to attend the ANZAC Day March, and line the route to show their support for our local veterans.
City of Wollongong RSL sub-Branch Point of Contact for further details or comment: President John Sperring (0407 074 154).