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ANZAC Day 2024

Every year on April 25th, the Val de Somme honors the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) forces who fell in combat during the First World War.

On this occasion, a Dawn Service is held at the Australian National Memorial in Villers-Bretonneux, located in Fouilloy. Visitors wishing to attend must book their pass online on the Anzac Day services ticketing website.
 

Ceremony Program:
2:30 AM: site opens
4:00 AM: pre-program begins
5:30 AM: ceremony begins
6:30 AM: ceremony ends
9:00 AM: ceremony at the war memorial in Villers-Bretonneux
3:00 PM: French ceremony at the Bullecourt Memorial - war memorial in the city center - Square du Souvenir Français
4:00 PM: Australian ceremony at the "Digger" monument near Bullecourt

 

To access the site, several options are available to you:
 

  • Shuttle service from Villers-Bretonneux

Free shuttles will be available for ceremony participants between Villers-Bretonneux and the Australian National Memorial site. They will depart from the public parking lot at 1 Rue de la Gare in Villers-Bretonneux. The last departure is scheduled for 4:45 AM. After the ceremony, shuttles will be available again to take participants back to the parking lot in Villers-Bretonneux.

These shuttles will also be accessible to people with disabilities and reduced mobility.
 

On foot from neighboring towns
Two illuminated and secure paths from the surrounding towns will allow participants to reach the ceremony site on foot.

1. From Villers-Bretonneux (45 minutes)
2. From Fouilloy (30 minutes)

 

Schedule
The official ceremony starts at 5:30 AM and ends at 6:30 AM. It will be preceded by a pre-ceremony starting at 4:00 AM, including musical performances, short film screenings, and readings.

Location
The ceremony takes place at the Australian National Memorial, on the Route de Villers-Bretonneux, in Fouilloy, in the Somme.

 

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Go on an adventure with Digger Quest

Go on an adventure with Digger Quest

 

Take your family on an adventure at the Sir John Monash Centre with the new Digger Quest app!


The entire Sir John Monash Centre team has been working for over a year to develop this fun and educational application. It is aimed at children aged 6 and over. Digger Quest takes children on an adventure to discover Australia's role on the Western Front during the First World War.


They will have to explore the exhibition to find clues and answers with a tablet. They will then be guided through the center's galleries by the various totems, Australian animals, and will be able to complete their quests at their own pace. 


Armed with their tablet, adventurers explore Australia and discover why this young nation fought alongside the Allies in the First World War.


Thanks to stories told by Australian soldiers and nurses, younger visitors can also immerse themselves in the daily lives of Australians in France during the First World War. 

 

Practical info:

  • Available from age 6
  • Duration: 45min to 1h
  • Free admission
     
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Somme Battlefields for Peace


Having suffered terribly from the Great War, the Somme cannot forget and remain inactive in the face of the many conflicts that still impact our world. With this in mind, Somme Tourisme wishes to draw on its remembrance tourism activities to initiate a solidarity movement for the benefit of countries affected by the current conflicts.

The idea is to collect funds from tourists visiting the battlefields and donate them to humanitarian NGOs. Until November 11, 2024, the funds raised will be donated to the NGO Handicap International, which provides medical and moral support to victims in conflict zones.

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World heritage listing

It's a historic moment! 


On September 20, 2023, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) listed 139 French and Belgian First World War memorial sites as World Heritage Sites. 


In the Somme, there are now 11 listed sites, including the Australian National Memorial and the Villers-Bretonneux Commonwealth Cemetery, both in the town of Fouilloy and individually listed.


The Val de Somme now has two listed sites. This recognition highlights both our region as a land of history, and the work of those involved in remembrance tourism, who work daily to promote the destination as an organic testimony to our collective memory.
 

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Remember to Act

Postcards to Remember 

 

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Since the beginning of 2023, Val de Somme Tourist Office joins with Somme Tourism to support the initiative Somme Battlefields for Peace, a monetary fund which aims to make Remembrance Tourism an ethical and responsible form of tourism, with all profits from visits to cemeteries and memorials going to NGOs working in the humanitarian field or specializing in reconstruction on the soil of war-torn countries.


To this end, the Val de Somme Tourist Office has already donated funds raised during last July's "Bagpipes' march", and more recently during the Architecture National Days (Journées Nationales de l'Architecture), during which 3 guided tours of churches in Fouilloy, Corbie and Vaire-sous-Corbie raised over a hundred euros.


Since November 1st 2023, a new initiative has been in place. You can now find a collection of five "Remember to Act" postcards featuring various sites of the Remembrance trail, including the Villers-Bretonneux Australian Memorial, recently classified as a World Heritage Site, in the Tourist Office store. All cards are free of charge. Any donation in exchange for a card will be donated to Somme Battlefields for Peace !

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The Val de Somme inhabitants decorate their windows for Anzac Day 2020 !

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Anzac Day has been canceled, but we must not forget the sacrifice of Australian soldiers from the First World War, who came to defend our territory at the cost of their lives. More than a century after the Great War, Franco-Australian friendship is stronger than ever.

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