RSL and Schools Remember Anzac Commemoration Service

6 April 2016

The RSL and Schools Remember Anzac Commemoration Service has been held at the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park every year since 1953 and honours the men and women who died defending the values, principles and tradition cherished by Australians. A crowd of over 1200 attended the 2016 Service on 5 April

The three Education sectors (NSW Department of Education, Catholic Education Commission NSW and the Association of Independent Schools of NSW) support the RSL in the organisation of the Service. Originally Sydney Legacy, Australian Broadcasting Commission, Independent Schools and Headmaster and Headmistresses Associations were involved in the delivery of the event.

School students across the three sectors conduct the ceremony, deliver the commemorative address, participate in the choir and orchestra and serve as cadets and bearers/orderlies. All schools are invited to attend and nominate one or two student representatives to lay a wreath or flowers during the ceremony. Wreath laying is a major feature in the service and allows a school, through its students, to commemorate the service of the Fallen.

On this day

On this day
9 July

1940 — HMA Ships SYDNEY, STUART, VOYAGER, and VAMPIRE, together with ships of the Royal Navy, engaged the Italian Navy in the Battle of CALABRIA

1942 — 2/24th Battalion captured a German radio interception and intelligence unit, effectively blinding Rommel in North Africa

1943 — 3 and 450 Squadron, RAAF, and eight Australian warships, were part of a force of some 180,000 troops and 2,590 ships involved in the invasion of SICILY