Remembering the Fallen: Anzac Day Services at Ithaca War Memorial

Anzac Day service will be held at the Ithaca War Memorial in Paddington, as Australians commemorate the sacrifices made by those who served in World War I, World War II, and subsequent military and peacekeeping operations.

The RSL Ashgrove-Bardon Sub Branch will host the main ANZAC Day ceremony with the traditional laying wreaths, playing the Last Post, and observing a minute of silence. The Ithaca War Memorial on Enoggera Terrace Paddington will be the venue for the service, which starts at 7:30 am and ends at 8:15 am, with attendees requested to arrive by 7:15 am.

Anzac Day, held every year on April 25th, is a significant occasion for Australians and New Zealanders, marking the anniversary of the landing of their troops at Gallipoli during World War I. This day stands as a tribute to the courage and selflessness of the servicemen and women who have fought and continue to fight, to defend their nations.

Anzac Day has a rich history in Australia, with ceremonies being held since 1916 and every state observing a public holiday by 1927. In the mid-1930s, the now-commonplace rituals of dawn vigils, marches, memorial services, and wreath-laying ceremonies were established, largely thanks to Canon David Garland’s efforts to make the services accessible to all Australians.

Today, Anzac Day continues to honour the sacrifices made by Australian service members not only in World War I but also in subsequent conflicts and peacekeeping operations. It serves as a time for reflection and remembrance, reminding us of the courage and dedication of those who have served and encouraging us to uphold their legacy of service and sacrifice.

Unveiling of the Ithaca War Memorial in Paddington, Brisbane, 1922
Unveiling of the Ithaca War Memorial in Paddington, Brisbane, 1922 | Photo credit: Port, F, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

About Ithaca War Memorial

The Ithaca War Memorial in Paddington, Queensland, is a significant monument for Anzac Day. Constructed by Arthur Henry Thurlow between 1921 and 1925, the memorial features a sandstone clock tower on a pedestal adorned with leaded marble plates listing the names of 130 local men who lost their lives in active service. The surrounding Alexander Jolly Park was designed by Alexander Jolly and complements the structure’s solemnity.