Anzac Day a reminder of the hardship of war

Published on Thursday, 14 April 2022 at 2:55:36 PM

Preparations for Anzac Day on April 25 are underway at a time when the news is filled with stories about Ukraine.

“Anzac Day may mean different things for people but it is a time to acknowledge the loss and hardship of war time,” Katherine Town Council mayor Lis Clark said. “Hearing the news at the moment, you can’t help but think about the impacts of war, which is why Anzac Day began in the first place.”

“It is a time to remember our losses and think about those who are going through it currently. It’s a time to honour those who have served, are serving, and the work of our defence forces.”

Anzac Day began one year after some 20,000 soldiers landed on Gallipoli in 1916 in the First World War, many meeting with their death that tragic day.

Over the century since, the meaning of Anzac Day has evolved. Early in the Second World War, Anzac Day acknowledged new personnel to the army service. After the Japanese bombings in Darwin and Katherine in 1942, Anzac Day now had veterans taking part from World War One and World War Two.

While Anzac Day has gone through a few revisions over the years, it is a day that stands to honour those who have served. Most recently Australians that have served in recent conflicts such as the war in Afghanistan, Iraq, and anti-terrorism missions is Syria and Libya.

Event details:

RSL Sub-Branch, RAAF Base Tindal and Katherine Town Council will host a Dawn Service and Community March on Sunday 25 April 2021.

Details on commemorations are below:

Time: 5:00AM
To be held at the Katherine Country Club

Time: 6:00AM
Katherine Cenotaph, Railway Terrace
Breakfast to be held at the Katherine Country Club at the conclusion
of the Dawn Service.

Time: Form up at 8:30AM to step off at 9:00AM
Katherine Terrace & The Cenotaph:
Step off at the Eastern end (behind BP) and march along Katherine Terrace, breaking off at the Katherine Cenotaph.


Morning Tea to be held at the Katherine Country Club at the conclusion of the march.



If you or your school/group/organisation would like to participate in the community march, please let us know so we can organise the schedule.

If you are laying a wreath, please let us know so your name can be called upon at the time. Our email is or call 08 8975 5500. This will all be finalised by Tuesday April 19.



Katherine Town Council would like to thank the RSL Sub Branch, RAAF Base Tindal, and the Katherine Country Club for their contributions to the planning of these events.

We acknowledge the support of the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, Northern Territory Police and Territory Traffic Management in assisting with traffic management. Variable speed signs will be placed on Katherine Terrace to ensure the safety of everyone who will be crossing the main road during the event.

We ask all to take extreme care when crossing roads.

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