Federal Labor Leader, Bill Shorten and Shadow Minister for the Centenary of Anzac, David Feeney will attend a series of special commemorative events beginning in Albany this weekend, to mark the first departing convoy to join the First World War in 1914.
In October 1914, Albany, Western Australia was the gathering point for ships carrying soldiers from the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) and the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF), to the First World War.
This first convoy left for Egypt and Gallipoli on 1 November, 1914. These soldiers were to later to become known as the Anzacs.
Federal Labor Leader, Bill Shorten said the Anzac Centenary will be one of the most significant commemorations to take place for current generations.
“A century ago, more than thirty thousand soldiers from every part of Australia and New Zealand steamed away from these shores and into history. Many would never return.”
“In the weeks and months ahead, we will honour the bravery and sacrifice of all who served and reflect on how the Anzac legend has shaped our national consciousness.”
Shadow Minister for the Centenary of Anzac, David Feeney said, “What a great way to honour the first soldiers who departed for the First World War.”
“The Centenary of Anzac is a great initiative for Australians to learn about and remember our significant past.”
Albany begins its commemoration of centenary of Anzac campaign this weekend, 100 years since the first fleet of ships departed to join the First World War.
Services to honour this milestone include the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Ceremonial Sunset, Troop March, Commemorative Service, the opening of the National Anzac Centre, and a Ship Open Day.
The Centenary of Anzac program began on 4 August, 2014 and will continue until 2018.
More information on commemoration events and services can be found at http://www.anzaccentenary.gov.au
FRIDAY 31 OCTOBER 2014
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