70th ANNIVERSARY OF THE ANZAC FIELD OF REMEMBRANCE
The Anzac Field of Remembrance honours and pays tribute those who have served and gave their lives in service to our nation. It is a symbol of self-sacrifice.
2022 marks the 70th anniversary of the Anzac Field of Remembrance. In 1952 Mrs C J Pope, widow of Rear-Admiral C J Pope, RAN, assisted by the then War Widows’ Guild, now AWWNSW, organised the first Field in the grounds of St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney, after seeing a similar ceremony held in the old churchyard of St Margaret’s in London, alongside Westminster Abbey.
This year we are delighted to hold the 70th anniversary service once again where it began in St Andrews Cathedral Sydney, followed by the planting of the crosses. A cross is placed in reflection and commemoration of the unknown soldier and for all those that served in each major war, conflict and peacekeeping operation.
AWWNSW Patron and Governor of NSW Her Excellency Margaret Beazley AC QC will be part of the service as the vice regal representative of the Australian monarch, Queen Elizabeth II in NSW. Special guests from Government, the Australian Defence Force, clergy, band, choir and AWWNSW are invited to attend.
This poignant service continues to give the widows of war, and their families the opportunity to continue history and the legacy set back in 1952. It also recognises the losses and sacrifice of war widows and families who bare an enormous burden for our nation and their lifelong role supporting veterans who have fallen, been wounded, injured or with illness.
How to be involved
We encourage all AWWNSW members to be involved in the Field of Remembrance. As we did last year, we will offer our members several ways to be part of the day.
At home: every AWWNSW member will receive a small memorial cross with their copy of The Digest in April. Members can write their loved one’s name on the cross to lay at home, a local cenotaph, or anywhere that holds special meaning. Members may like to take a photo of their own personal tribute and send it through to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to featuring many of the moving tributes in our newsletters, Digests and online.
In person: members and their families can attend the service in person, following COVID-19 guidelines. At this stage, capacity limits will be in place. We will comply with all current NSW Health and Government advice with respect to COVID-19, following St Andrews Cathedral and AWWNSW guidelines. With more details to follow.
Online: Again this year, we will live stream the service from St Andrews Cathedral so you can view it in the comfort of your own home, share it with friends and family, or with your Guild or Social Club. At 11.00am on Wednesday 20 April 2022, simply view the service on our Facebook page.
Transport assistance is available for eligible Sydney based AWWNSW members with limited mobility. Please contact the AWWNSW office to discuss suitable arrangements.
After the service, attendees will be invited to join in a light lunch. It would be appreciated if you could RSVP here, via the email@example.com inbox, or calling the AWWNSW office on (02) 9267 6577 by 11 April 2022.
DATE OF EVENT
Wednesday 20 April 2022
TIME OF EVENT
ADDRESS OF EVENT
St Andrew’s Cathedral, Sydney
Cnr of George & Bathurst Streets Sydney NSW 2000