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ANZAC Day in Villers-Bretonneux 2019

Every 25 April, Anzac day commemorates the bloody Battle of Gallipoli between the Australian and New Zealand forces and the Ottoman army in 1915. Every year the event brings together several thousand Australians and New Zealanders on French territory. 1918 was the most significant year for the communes of Villers-Bretonneux and Le Hamel which saw the Australian expeditionary corps halt the German advance on 25 April, thus avoiding the capture of Amiens.

Every year in Villers-Bretonneux, “Dawn Service”, a memorial ceremony, takes place at dawn on 25 April at the National Australian Memorial. All visitors to the Anzac Day commemorations at Villers-Bretonneux in 2019 will require a pass to gain entry to the Australian National Memorial and are required to carry identification with them.

How to get an attendance pass ?

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To get a pass for the commemoratives ceremonies of the Anzac Day, click here. Then, follow these steps:

> Choose the ceremony you wish to attend.
> Click on "Register now"
> Create your account from the window that appears on your screen:
             Enter your email address in the first entry field,
        Type your password (it must include at least 8 characters, at least one capital letter, and one lowercase),
              Click on "Sign In"
> You must fill in your answers for each question.
> At the end of the questionnaire, click on "SUBMIT".
> You will receive a confirmation email in your mailbox.
> You will then receive the access pass in your mailbox, 1 month before the ceremony. It will be a page with a barcode that will act as an access pass.

Practical informations

©Department of Veterans' Affairs

Time : 
> 3:00am : Australian National Memorial opens
> 4:00am : Pre-service program commences
> 5:30am : Official commemoration commence

Non-allocated seating will be provided for visitors attending the ceremony on a first-come, first-served basis with individual chairs on the grassed area.

Following the completion of the Anzac Centenary Commemoration Program 2014–2018 and consultation with local government representatives from the towns of Villers-Bretonneux, Corbie and Fouilloy, the Australian Government has agreed to revert back to a 10:00am start time as a trial for the 2019 Anzac Day service.

Due to the installation of technical equipment for the conduct of the commemoration, for safety reasons the central tower of the Australian National Memorial will be closed to the public from 22 April 2019.

 

Visit the Sir John monash centre

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The brand new Sir John Monash Centre (SJMC) in Villers-Bretonneux is a must-see for Australian visitors. Opened on 24 April 2018, the Centre offers an outstanding Western Front experience for visitors. The Sir John Monash Centre tells Australia’s story of the Western Front in the words of those who served. Set on the grounds of the Australian National Memorial this cutting-edge multimedia centre reveals the Australian Western Front experience through a series of interactive media installations and immersive experiences.

You can download the SJMC app prior to your visit.

In order to visit the centre on this day, people will need to make a booking. Bookings will also need to be made in the days leading up to 25 April and for 26 April and the following two days due to the expected high numbers.

To make a booking, go to: https://sjmc.gov.au/book-your-visit/

For more informations


> Department of Veterans' Affairs website 

Contact in Australia : Department of Veterans' Affairs
> Phone: 1300 364 002
> Email: overseascommemorations@dva.gov.au

For consular assistance in France : 
> Phone: +33 140 593 300
> Email: Consular.Paris@dfat.gov.au

Emergency helpline 
Consular emergency centre 24-hour phone service:
> Within Australia, phone: 1300 555 135 (local call cost)
> Outside Australia, phone: +61 2 6261 3305 or
> SMS, text: +61 421 269 080.

 

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