ANZAC Centenary Commemoration Celebration

Surf Lifesavers from around NSW will be attending a variety of services to pay their respects to our fallen heroes. Many clubs will be laying wreaths at local ceremonies and in Turkey in memory and honour of those who landed at Anzac Cove in 1915.

The 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli by the Anzacs will be commemorated in a special way at noon on Anzac Day, when100 surfboats simulate the Gallipoli landings at Collaroy Beach with crews rowing to shore at the same time as the dawn service in Gallipoli.

As a symbolic gesture, 100 schools have prepared ‘wreaths’ which will be presented to a representative from each surf boat crew, they will then return to sea, raise oars, and present the wreaths to the depths.

Another special ceremony will take place at Nobbys Beach at 5:10am with 30,000 people expected. An Eternal Flame monument has been erected for Newcastle’s largest ever Anzac dawn service and will burn until midday Saturday.

Meanwhile, Turkey is hosting ‘The Gallipoli 100’ which is a surfboat race featuring crews from Australia, New Zealand and Turkey. The race was held on 22 and 23 April from Eceabat to North Beach, near Anzac Cove.

Crews stopped in at Anzac Cove where thousands lost their lives during the Gallipoli landing 100 years ago. During the emotional visit, the rowers raised their oars to pay their respects (picture above) - a fitting ending to the memorable race.

Some of the crews will attend the Anzac Cove dawn service and will lay a wreath on behalf of their community, while others will take part in a Gallipoli landing re-enactment on the nearby peninsula.

The boat crews taking part in the memorable event include:

Turkish entrants - Bogaziçi University and Galatasaray Spor Kulübü

Australian entrants - Austinmer, Anglesea, Avoca Beach, Bungan Beach, North Steyne, Brighton, Cottesloe, Coolum Beach, Freshwater, Goulburn, Kiama, Lakes Entrance, 2 x Mollymook, Mooloolaba, Nobbys, 2 x North Bondi, Pambula, Soldiers Beach, Shellharbour, South Curl Curl, Tathra, Trigg Island, Urunga, Woolgoolga, Warriewood and Yamba

New Zealand entrants - Muriwai Lifeguard Service, Piha SLSC, Red Beach SLSC and Whangamata SLSC

Throughout NSW, local commemorations will be held and volunteer surf lifesavers are involved in many of these activities. To be part of Anzac commemorations in your community, contact your local Surf Club and join with others in remembering the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women.

Thu 23 Apr 2015