What is ANZAC Day?

ANZAC Day is a truly Australian and New Zealand day of commemoration when we remember those Australians and New Zealanders who have lost their lives in wars representing their country. The tradition of ANZAC (and it must be all in capital letters as it stands for the Australian & New Zealand Army Corps) was born at Gallipoli in Turkey during the First World War when they combined with other troops of the —then— British Empire on the 25th April 1915.

For a full and detailed explanation go to the Government website about ANZAC Day:
Australian War Memorial - ANZAC DAY Commemoration

Stock image for ANZAC Day 25 April

Dawn Service

The Bass Hill RSL Sub-Branch in conjunction with Chester Hill- Carramar RSL Sub-Branch commemorate ANZAC Day holding a Dawn Service at the Chester Hill Memorial each ANZAC Day commencing with the marching of Returned and Ex-Servicemen & Women at 6.30am from the Chester Hill Plaza car park to the Chester Hill Memorial opposite the RSL Club lead by band members. The Ex-Servicemen & Women are joined by members of the local Scouts, local school representatives and any person who wishes to march on behalf of a departed Ex-Service family member.

2023 ANZAC Day Dawn Service

The Significance of Rosemary

Image of ANZAC returned serviceman wearing rosemary with his medals.The Ancient Greeks believed that rosemary made their memories stronger and the Egyptians used it more than 2,000 years ago to place on tombs. This idea has been carried on today when people wear sprigs of rosemary as a symbol of remembrance for those who have died in wars.

It also has particular significance for Australians, as the herb can be found growing wild all over the Gallipoli peninsula, where troops fought in 1915.