Saturday 25 April marked the Centenary of ANZAC Day, commemorating the brave men and women who have fought for our country over the past 100 years. The Currumbin RSL marked the occasion with a week-long program of commemorative events including a pop-up War Museum and Photographic Exhibition, supported by CSGC.
The Symbolic Sleep Out on Friday night was followed by the highly moving Dawn Service at Elephant Rock – one of the largest in the country and televised on Channel 7.
Other events included the first ever Mateship Run which was held on April 19, and a free pop-up museum or rare and historic war memorabilia displayed at the Currumbin RSL. The artifacts were collated by the RSL following a callout to the community.
Also part of the commemoration, the outdoor War History Photographic Exhibition at Currumbin Beach, proudly supported by CSGC, was on display along Pacific Parade all week, featuring some incredible photos taken at Gallipoli.
It was well worth a look for anyone who visited this very special historical exhibit.
Many of the activities were to raise funds to facilitate the opening of the first Soldier On facility in Queensland, to be based at Currumbin. The organisation supports returned soldiers to repatriate back into the community following the traumas of war. Learn more at www.australiaremembers.com.au
The entire program was a feat of planning led by President Ron Workman OAM, CEO Anne Stovin, and the hard working team at the Currumbin RSL
. Congratulations to all on a job well done for this once in a lifetime commemoration of the tradition of ANZAC Day. This was the largest ANZAC Day event in Queensland.
Image (top): Aerial of the dawn service by Peter Hamilton
Image (bottom): Symbolic art design, poppies adorn Currumbin's Elephant Rock, the backdrop used for the dawn service.