anzac tribute – 21 April 2015

April 21, 2015 0 comments

Between 1914 and 1918 approximately 65 million men marched to war; over 8 million never returned and more than half were wounded. Nearly 35,000 South Australian men enlisted during World War I. Over 5,000 South Australians died during the war.

Centennial Park is proud to be the resting place for thousands of returned service men and women and  will be transformed into an outdoor cinema venue to commemorate the ANZAC centenary in April.  Australian flags adorning 3,500 memorial headstones, and a light display set on Centennial Park’s Cross of Remembrance, create a reflective atmosphere to the tribute.

All are welcome to the free screening of an Australian classic World War I film, The Lighthorsemen (PG rated).

Based on a true story and set during WWI, The Lighthorsemen tells the story of the men of the Australian Light Horse unit who were thrust into the last great cavalry charge when the British campaign in Palestine became stalemated in the 1917 Battle of Beersheba, starring Peter Phelps, Sigrid Thornton, Gary Sweet and Jon Blake.

Prior to the screening, people will have the opportunity to take a twilight tour through the Office of Australian War Graves. Tour times are scheduled to occur every 15 minutes commencing from 5.45pm.

A sausage sizzle and refreshment fundraiser will be hosted by local RSL groups with all proceeds going toward their respective organisations. Families are also welcome to bring along picnic hampers, however no BYO alcohol is permitted. Centennial Park encourages visitors to bring their own picnic blankets. Ample free parking is available on site.

The travelling Red Cross war exhibition Good and Useful Work will also be available for viewing in Centennial Park’s Jubilee Complex throughout the entire month of April (1-31 April). The exhibition traces the history of the South Australian division of the Red Cross through a range of stories, images and objects.

Come join us at Centennial Park for this commemorative event, to honour, remember and acknowledge the bravery and sacrifice made by Australia’s service men and women.

For more information on the event please contact us on 8275 2217.

What: Centennial Park ANZAC Tribute, Cinema In The Park screening The Lighthorsemen (PG rated)

When: Tuesday 21 April at 6pm.

Where: Derrick Gardens, Centennial Park at 760 Goodwood Road, Pasadena

Cost: Free

Type: Family friendly event