Australian and New Zealanders Gather at Dawn to Remember Fallen Soldiers
SEATTLE, WA - Australian and New Zealanders of Seattle will gather at dawn on Lake Union this Sunday, April 23rd at 6AM, to pay respect to “diggers” (combat soldiers) past and present.
The time-honoured Dawn Service, to commemorate Australian and New Zealand Armed Corps (ANZAC) lost in battle, will draw a crowd of hundreds before first light for a tradition close to the heart of this community.
ANZAC Day, traditionally April 25th, originated as a Dawn Service over 100 years ago to remember the fateful morning in 1915 when ANZAC soldiers landed to fierce opposition on the Gallipoli, Turkey coast during World War I. Since then, it’s grown to become the most significant national day of remembrance for all lives lost in military and peacekeeping operations.
Len Reid, a 25-year veteran of the Royal Australian Air Force, President elect Australian New Zealand American Society (ANZAS) and former Honorary Consul for Australia in Washington State, believes this event is an important way for those living away from home to continue this significant tradition.
“With a vibrant and growing Australian and New Zealand community in Seattle, this event allows us to not only continue to pay our respects, but also ensures the next generation can participate in something that defines our national culture.
“The “ANZAC spirit” is still alive in armed service men and women today. That spirit is something every Australian and New Zealander carries with them, and hopefully we can show a piece of that to Seattle,” he said.
“It’s such a fabulous sight to see so many people gathered at first light, paying their respects and embracing traditional poems, bugle songs and laying of the wreath – no matter the weather!” he added
The ANZAC Spirit is central to the culture of Australian and New Zealanders and is defined by many as courage, determination and above all, mateship.
This community run event is proudly supported by Logic 20/20, ANZAS organization and Kangaroo & Kiwi pub (Ballard).
Logic20/20 is proud to sponsor the 3rd annual ANZAC Dawn Service, to be held in Seattle at Lake Union Park at 6am on Sunday April 23rd. ANZAC Day, April 25th, is one of the most important national days of pride for Australian and New Zealanders, wherever they live across the globe.
Although originating as a commemorative dawn service to remember the fateful morning in 1915 when Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) soldiers landed to fierce opposition on the Gallipoli (Turkey) coast during World War I, it’s grown to become a significant national day of remembrance for all lives lost in military or peacekeeping operations. The Day also commemorates the massive casualties from all sides, including the Turkish community during the eight month battle of Gallipoli.
In collaboration with ANZAS Organization, please join us at 6am on Sunday, April 23rd to commemorate ANZAC day and the 102nd anniversary of the First World War . The memorial service will start at dawn, followed by coffee and light breakfast, courtesy of Kangaroo & Kiwi. Please RSVP for catering purposes. If you have any questions, please reach out via email to Kimberly Smith at email@example.com.
Dawn Service agenda
5:30am - Arrival 5:55am - Welcome 6:00am - Sunrise: “The Last Post” Lay the Wreath 6:03am - Moment of Silence (1 min) 6:08am - A call to commemoration 6:12am - Personal Stories 6:22am - Prayer/Poem Reading 6:25am - Bugle playing of the “Reveille” 6:30am - Traditional Song Closing: Thank you and light refreshments
(to become a member please visit the Membership page for details)
Dress: Smart Casual
Catering provided by ACT3 catering
From the New Zealand Group:
ANZAC Day is April 25th. Here in Seattle we will be commemorating it with an event on Saturday evening April 22nd and a Dawn Service on Sunday April 23rd.
ANZAC Day - Saturday April 22nd
Here is the information for the 7th annual ANZAC Day evening event to be held on April 22nd. This event is for the Australian and NewZealand communities to join with the Turkish community and others to remember the Battle of Gallipoli and to recognize all those who were or are members of the armed forces.
Time: Arrival 6 pm
Program: Begins at 6:30 pm
Location: The Cascade Ballroom at the Hotel Nexus
2140 North Northgate Way
There will be food and drink courtesy of the Turkish, NewZealand and Australian communities in the Seattle area.
As Kiwis we are responsible for the desserts. Please bring ANZAC biscuits, pavlovas, lammingtons, ginger crunch, afghans, shortbread, or any other dessert - you can even buy it if you want! We usually have around 100 people at this event.
If you would like to be part of the program please respond to this email. We have had personal diaries shared from Gallipoli and other readings at past commemorations.
Dawn Service - Sunday April 23rd 5:55 am
The following morning, Sunday April 23rd at 5:55 am is the Dawn Service. This will again be held outside the Museum of History and Industry. The address is 860 Terry Avenue N, Seattle 98109. For more information and to RSVP please click here.
Save the dates.
Saturday June 3rd - Work Day at Hole in the Sky.
We will be meeting from 9 am until 2 pm to help get Hole in the Sky ready for the Hangi. This is part of our agreement with Snohomish Parks so we can use the Park for our Hangi. You can help for any time between 9 and 2. We will be working with the Boy Scouts and the YMCA. There will be lunch. If you can help please contact Clint Staaf at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday July 22nd - Annual Hangi at Hole-in-the-Sky
We will send information later but please save the date.