Join the pilgrimage to Albany in November 2014 ***
The international spotlight will be on Albany, Western Australia in November 2014 when the historic and picturesque coastal city hosts the first in a series of commemorative and community events as the curtain raiser to the Anzac Centenary period.
Between 2014 and 2018, Australia and New Zealand will commemorate the Anzac Centenary, marking 100 years since our involvement in World War I.
To honour the first ANZACs, a significant program of events is planned in Albany between October 30 and November 2, 2014.
Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington described Albany as the birthplace of the Anzac Story.
“The commemorations will give people from Australia and around the world the opportunity to pay their respects to the thousands of soldiers who departed from Albany for the First World War,” Mr Wellington said.
“For many Australian and New Zealand soldiers it was the last Australian soil they ever saw.”
Featuring the combined Australian Defence Forces, the centerpiece commemorative event program will include a sunset ceremony, commemorative service, symbolic departure of between three to six naval ships, troop march and a ship open day program.
A series of supporting community events is also planned, including a free public concert featuring the West Australian Symphony Orchestra with high-profile special guests to be confirmed later this year.
Additionally, a commemorative lighting and pyrotechnics show on Friday 31 October will be visible from multiple vantage points around the harbour.
Mr Wellington said thousands of visitors were expected to make the pilgrimage to Albany.
“Albany will be the focus of both national and international attention and will be transformed with many activities and events for visitors to participate in,” he said.
” I encourage visitors to start planning and booking accommodation now.”
Visitors will be amongst the first to experience the Anzac Interpretive Centre within the historic Princess Royal Fortress, which will be officially opened as part of the program. The innovative Centre will allow visitors to follow personal stories of the Australian and New Zealand men and women who left Albany.
In addition to its military history, Albany, which is located one hour by air from Perth or four and a half hours drive, boasts some of the most awe-inspiring coastline and stunning landscapes in the world.
The region boasts beaches which are routinely named among the best in Australia.
Albany and the Great Southern are also known for their gourmet attractions - with an abundance of cosmopolitan cafes and bars, slow food, markets, wineries, olive oils, and organic produce.
Accommodation options including hotels, B&Bs apartments and camping facilities can all be booked directly through the Albany Visitor Centre www.amazingalbany.com or by calling +61 (0)8 98419377 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Anzac Albany events are being hosted and delivered by the Federal Government, through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Australian Defence Force, the Western Australian Government and the City of Albany.
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For more information about the events planned for the commemoration visit www.anzacalbany.com.au
*** Mature Traveller has been selected to visit Albany early in May and we will bring you a full report on what Albany has to offer, for this historic occasion.
Read all about it on our June issue.