Lord Mayor Graham Quirk was full of praise for the Brisbane public after the ANZAC Day weekend and the way in which they conducted themselves during celebrations. Here are a few more facts you may not know about the day we all stop to remember.
- It was great to see people turn out in big numbers to commemorate the Centenary of ANZAC with ceremonies held at many memorials around the city on ANZAC Day.
- But Brisbane began honouring our ANZAC heroes as early as 1916, with over 6,000 people marching at our first parade.
- In the years that followed a number of war memorials and Avenues of Honour were erected around the city, including our State memorial, ANZAC Square.
- The 18 columns around the Shrine of Remembrance at ANZAC Square represent the year the war ended and peace was declared. There are also 18 stairs in the second row leading up to the Shrine of Remembrance to mark the end of the war.
- Australia’s first ANZAC Park was located at Toowong and we also honour the memory of Brisbane servicemen and women with 14 Avenues of Honour around the city. To honour fallen World War One servicemen, the Brisbane community and families of the fallen soldiers planted trees as living memorials which have become these beautiful Avenues. Gallipoli Rosemary is planted at a number of Avenue of Honours after a WWI digger brought the original clipping home from overseas.
- In honour of the Centenary of ANZAC, Brisbane Greeters are operating special ANZAC Centenary Tours.
- Tour highlights include Queens Park War Memorials, ANZAC Square and the Battle of Brisbane site and many other aspects of Brisbane’s rich military history
- To book your spot on the tour go to www.visitbrisbane.com.au and search for ‘Brisbane Greeters’.