New Zealand High Commission Ottawa, Canada

ANZAC Day Memorial services in Canada in 2012

Each year, the Australian and New Zealand High Commissions join to host commemorative ANZAC Day events in Canada.

Anzac Day events in Canada this year will be held in Ottawa, Toronto, St John’s, Winnipeg, Calgary and Vancouver. Details of the Ottawa service are as follows. Information on the services being held in other cities is attached.

OTTAWA SERVICE
The service will be hosted by the Australian and New Zealand High Commissions, in partnership with the Canadian War Museum. The ceremony will follow the lines of a traditional remembrance service, and a traditional ‘gunfire breakfast’ will take place afterwards in the Museum's cafeteria.

WHO:
Australian High Commission, New Zealand High Commission, Canadian and Provincial Government officials and representatives, Canadian War Museum, current and retired military personnel, members of the diplomatic corps and dignitaries. Members of the public are welcome.

WHEN:
Ceremony starts at 8 am sharp on Wednesday 25 April 2012

WHERE:
The Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Place. Pay parking is available in the Museum’s underground car park.

CONTACT:
For any enquiries please contact Mr Dallas Frazer at the Australian High Commission:
Telephone (613) 783 7617 or dallas.frazer@dfat.gov.au

BACKGROUND

ANZAC Day - April 25 - is Australia and New Zealand’s most important national day of commemoration. ANZAC stands for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The day marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces on 25 April 1915 in Gallipoli, Turkey. The anniversary is commemorated annually in Australia and in many countries around the world.

ANZAC DAY EVENTS ACROSS CANADA IN 2012

Details of this year’s events are below. Information is also available on the Australian High Commission’s website www.canada.embassy.gov.au/otwa/events.html

Ottawa, Ontario – ANZAC Service
Date: Wednesday 25 April 2012
Time: 8:00 am
Location: Canadian War Museum, 1 Vimy Place
Details: Service will be followed by a ‘gunfire breakfast’ in the Museum's cafeteria.
Dress: Uniform/business attire
Contact: Mr Dallas Frazer dallas.frazer@dfat.gov.au

Toronto, Ontario – ANZAC Service
Date: Wednesday 25 April 2012
Time: 6:15 am to 7:15 am
Location: Canadian Forces College 215 Yonge Blvd Toronto ON M5M 3H9
Dress: Military Uniform/Business Attire/ Smart Casual
Contact: Australian Consulate Toronto – Ms Chiara Blair
Additional Info: Attendance is open to serving military personnel and the general public subject to pre-registration. As the service is held on a Canadian Forces base, all civilian personnel are required to pre-register their attendance through the Australian Consul General in Toronto to allow entry. Failure to pre-register will not permit entry to the base. In order to pre-register, please e-mail your name, address and licence details to Chiara.Blair@austrade.gov.au or telephone +1 416-323-9435 to provide the same information.

Toronto, Ontario – ANZAC Dinner and Celebration
Date: Saturday 28 April 20 12
Time: 6:30 pm to 11:30 pm
Location: Canadian Forces Armour Heights Officer’s Mess, Canadian Forces College 215 Yonge Blvd Toronto, ON. M5M 3H9
Dress: Military Uniform/Business Attire/ Smart Casual
Cost: $65.00 per person before March 31st, $75.00 per person after March 31st.
Contact: Please visit www.anzactoronto.com to register your attendance any pay for dinner tickets no later than Friday April 13th 2012.
Additional Info: Dinner will be served at 6:30 pm with a cash bar in operation. Wine is complimentary with dinner and entertainment will be provided by Australian and New-Zealand musicians.

London, Ontario
Date: 25 April
Time: 5:30am for 5:45am start
Location: Wolseley Barracks, London, Ontario
Details: Service will be followed by a buffet breakfast ($5) and a game of 'Two Up'
Dress: Coat and Tie/Business  
Contact: aussiesandkiwisinlondonontario@yahoo.ca

St John's, Newfoundland
Date: 21 April
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Camp Pleasantville. Camp Pleasantville is historically relevant to such a service as it is where the Newfoundland Regiment’s ‘First 500’ or ‘Blue Puttees’ formed-up and marched from in order to board the S.S. Florizel on October 3rd of 1914 to commence their deployment as the first Canadian contingent to fight in the Great War.
Details: A short commemorative service hosted by the 1st Battalion of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment. All are invited to attend.
Dress: Uniform/business.

Winnipeg, Manitoba
Date: Saturday 28 April 2012
Time: 6pm - 10pm
Location: Scandinavian Cultural Centre, 764 Erin Street.
Dress: Neat casual.
Contact: info@downunderclub.mb.ca
Details: Make a date to commemorate ANZAC Day with a memorial service, singing of our national anthems, and a wonderful potluck dinner (bring enough food for you and a bit extra for our veterans).

Calgary, Alberta
Date: Wednesday 25 April 2012
Time: 7pm
Location: Cenotaph corner of 12th Ave and 4th Street SW , Calgary, AB.
Details: Service will be followed by light refreshments at the Calgary Garrison Officers' Mess, located at 801 11th Street SW. Children are welcome at the service and the Officers’ Mess.
Dress: Coat and Tie/Business (no jeans allowed at the Officer's Mess)
Contact: info@downunderclubcalgary.com

Edmonton, Alberta
Date: Saturday 21st of April, 2012
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Edmonton City Hall Cenotaph (1A Sir Winston Churchill Square)
Details: Seating will not be available at the service. Nearby parking is available.
Service will be followed by light refreshments at the Jefferson Armoury Warrant Officers' Mess, located at 11615 109 St NW.
Dress: Military Uniform with Medal – Civilian Coat and Tie/Business (no jeans allowed at the Warrant Officers' Mess) Ancestral medals may be worn.
Contact: Jason Pascoe – pascoe.jason@gmail.com

Vancouver, British Columbia
Date: Wednesday 25 April 2012
Time: 5:30pm gathering for 6:00pm start
Location: Victory Square, corner West Hastings and Cambie Streets, Vancouver
Contact: info@canzba.org, 604-694-6161
Additional Info: This is a public event organized by the Canada, Australia & New Zealand Business Association, for more information please visit www.canzba.org
 

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