Honour the ANZAC spirit for Australian servicemen and women

Every ANZAC Day, Australians come together to remember those who have served and given their lives protecting our nation in every conflict since World War I. Current members of the Australian Navy, Army and Airforce are also honoured.

Local RSL sub-branches will be hosting commemorative services across Pittwater on 21 and 25 April.

On 21 April, the Narrabeen RSL sub-branch will host a march. The public is invited to assemble from 11am at the Narrabeen Surf Lifesaving car park for an 11.30am march to the Narrabeen Cenotaph (corner of Pittwater Road and Ocean Street) for a service that will be held at 11.45am.

Also on 21 April, Avalon Beach RSL sub-branch will host a commemorative lunch at 12pm at the club. To find out more about this event, please visit their website here.

On 25 April, Avalon Beach RSL sub-branch dawn service will commence in Dunbar Park outside the RSL at 5.50am. Coffee and breakfast will be served after the service, followed by a march from Avalon Public School at 11am to the Avalon Beach RSL sub-branch Cenotaph and Dunbar Park for the main commemorative service. The Barrenjoey High School Band will lead and accompany Samantha Shaw and The Big Sing.

ANZAC Day commemoration at Manly Dam

Palm Beach RSL sub-branch will also participate in the commemoration with a march and a service to be held at the club at 11am.

Pittwater RSL sub-branch is also extending an invitation to community members to join them at the dawn service at 5.30am at the Lower Cenotaph. Attendees are required to arrive by 5.20am. Breakfast will be available for purchase at the club from 6.30am.

Northern Beaches Council will host two dawn services on 25 April. The first one will be held at the Manly War Memorial at The Corso, in front of Manly Town Hall, at 4.25am with attendees arriving by 4am. The commemorative service will be held at 11am (arrive by 10.40am).

The second dawn service will be held at Manly Dam at 5.30am, with attendees arriving by 5.15am.

ANZAC Day commemorates the day in 1915 when Australian and New Zealand troops landed at what is now called ANZAC Cove on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey.

The anniversary has been marked every year since then, in times of peace and war, wherever Australians and New Zealanders are gathered at home or abroad. It is a time for solemn reflection and to express gratitude to those who have served, and continue to serve in war, conflict and peacekeeping operations.

Community members are invited to show the ANZAC Spirit by flying Australian flags at half-mast, baking ANZAC biscuits and sticking poppies on their letter box to show support.

For more information about services across the Beaches, visit Northern Beaches Council website or rslnsw. org.au, or contact your local RSL sub-branch.