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
20 July

1918 — Australian troops participated in an Allied counter-attack against the German Army at MARNE in the Champagne region of France. The German attack was designed to lure Allied troops away from the SOMME further north, and allow a German assault on Flanders

1943 — HMAS HOBART was torpedoed off SAN CHRISTBAL, Solomon Islands.  Seven officers and six sailors were killed in the attack but the ship was able to reach port the next day