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ANZAC Day 2019

The Somme, alongside Australians and New Zealanders, commemorates the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux on the occasion of ANZAC Day, 25 April.

 

 

 

 

What is ANZAC Day?

Every year, at the end of April, Australians and New Zealanders travel to the Somme to commemorate ANZAC Day in memory of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps which landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula. in Turkey, on 25 April 1915, and which distinguished itself during the battles of the Somme, notably at Villers-Bretonneux.

 

On 25 April 1918, after intense fighting, the General Glasgow's Australian Brigade No. 13, based south of Villers-Bretonneux, and General Elliott's Brigade No. 15 from the north of the town repelled the Germans and joined forces. Villers-Bretonneux was liberated on the anniversary of the defeat of Gallipoli. The Battle of Villers-Bretonneux put an end to the German offensive launched in March and avoided the capture of Amiens by the German army.

 

To mark this event, the Haute-Somme will take on the colours of Australia and New Zealand for a fortnight. These various events bear witness once again to the strength of ties and mutual recognition that unite Australia, New Zealand and France.

 

Programme :

3:00am: Australian National Memorial opens
4:00am: Pre-service program commences
5:30am: Official commemoration commences
6.30am : End of the commemoration
8.30am : Ceremony in the town center of Villers-Bretonneux
3.00pm : Ceremony at the Memorial of Bullecourt (French Anzac Day Service) in the village centre - Square du Souvenir Francais
4.00pm : Ceremony at the Digger Memorial (Australian Anzac Day Service) - on the village outskirts of Bullecourt

 

Please note! To attend the ceremony, you must have a pass, available online. Click here to request your pass.

 

Useful Information
The Australian Memorial is exposed to the elements and can be very cold before dawn.
Warm clothing, and waterproof clothes and shoes are recommended.

 

Anzac Day Shuttle Service
Shuttles are suggested from Amiens to assist to the ceremony at the Memorial of Villers-Bretonneux.

More information on www.somme-tourisme.com.

Remembrance Market in Villers-Bretonneux

On the occasion of the ANZAC Day, Villers-bretonneux organises a Remembrance Market on the Place of the Général de Gaulle.

From 7:30 am to 12:30 pm, the curious, the lovers of the franco-australian friendship and the spectators who will just have attented to the Dawn Service, will be welcomed on this market which will make the promotion of local products and handcrafted objects of our region.

This great initiative will permit to the visitors and the locals to meet each others and exchange on the page of the history that links them together and what is better than share thoses memories around an "English breakfast", the traditional australian sandwich ?

Memorial Day: Golf Trophy

Not to be missed: The Golf Club of Amiens, in Querrieu, organise the 2nd edition of the Memorial Day Golf Trophy. Rendez-vous on April 26th, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

 

Further information :

Musée Franco-Australien
9, rue du Victoria
80800 Villers-Bretonneux
Tél. : + 33 (0)3 22 96 80 79
museeaustralien@neuf.fr
www.museeaustralien.com

Mairie de Villers-Bretonneux
Place Charles de Gaulle
80800 Villers-Bretonneux
Tél. : +33 (0)3 22 96 31 00
mairie@villers-bretonneux.com
www.villers-bretonneux.com

Office de Tourisme du Val de Somme
30, place de la République
80800 Corbie
Tél. : + 33 (0)3 22 96 95 76
officetourismecorbie.80@wanadoo.fr
valdesomme-tourisme.com

Office de Tourisme d'Amiens Métropole
23, Place Notre-Dame
80000 AMIENS
Tél. : + 33 (0)3 22 71 60 50
ot@amiens-metropole.com
www.amiens-tourisme.com