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The Tamworth RSL Sub Branch assists in providing for the well-being, care, compensation and commemoration of serving and ex-serving Defence Force Personnel and their dependants.
The Centenary of Anzac 2014 to 2018 is Australia’s most important period of national commemoration. Marking 100 years since our involvement in the First World War, the Anzac Centenary is a time to honour the service and sacrifice of our original ANZACs, and the generations of Australian servicemen and women who have defended our values and freedoms, in wars, conflicts and peace operations throughout a Century of Service.
Historically, ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) was an acronym devised by Major General William Birdwood's staff in Cairo in early 1915. It was used for registering correspondence for the new corps and a rubber stamp was cut using the letters A.&N.Z.A.C.
After the landing at Gallipoli, General Birdwood requested that the position held by the Australians and New Zealanders on the peninsula be called 'Anzac' to distinguish it from the British position at Helles. Permission was also sought to name the little bay, where the majority of the corps had come ashore on 25 April 1915, ‘Anzac Cove'. The letters now were upper and lower case, indicating that the original acronym had already found a use beyond that of a military code word or corps designation.
The marketing power of the word 'Anzac' itself was realised early on by astute entrepreneurs. Then there were those who genuinely sought to immortalise lost loved ones by naming their homes 'Anzac'.
Whether its use was well-intentioned or purely commercial, the word 'Anzac' could easily have been exploited, overused or misused. This was realised as early as 1916 and so legislation was passed to regulate its use and has existed ever since.
Important dates to remember
100th anniversary of the Battle of Fromelles - Tuesday 19 July 2016
100th Anniversary of Pozieres - Saturday 23 July 2016
Battle of Lone Pine, Turkey - 6 August 2016
End of the Indonesian Confrontation 50th anniversary - 11 August 2016
50th Anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan - Thursday 18th August 2016
Remembrance Day Commemoration Service - Tamworth Town Hall - Friday 11th November 2016