The Sir John Monash Centre

Every year, Anzac Day is celebrated in Villers-Bretonneux, commemorating the fallen soldiers in the Somme during the First World War. This year, the centenary of the liberation of Villers-Bretonneux, will also see the opening of the Sir John Monash Interpretation Center.  The new interpretive centre at Villers-Bretonneux is dedicated to the memory of Australian soldiers during the First World War.

The Prince of Wales and French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe will join Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull at the inauguration on April 24th, followed by the Anzac Day commemoration ceremonies on April 25th.  Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott and French Defense Minister Marise Payne will also be present.  President Emmanuel Macron will be in Washington ahead of his visit to Australia, 1-3 May.

“In 2018 we mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, the war to end all wars,” Mr Turnbull said, also calling it one of Australia’s most remarkable military feats, that “turned the tide of that terrible war”.

In Australia, the national march will be led this year by the Army Apprentices and the last post ceremony at the AWM will focus on the story of WWI officer, Lieutenant Ralph Elsmere Claridge, from the 50th Australian Infantry Battalion. Adelaide-born Claridge died on April 25, 1918, in France aged 25. He is remembered at the Villers-Bretonneux Memorial.

Further information can be found at http://france.embassy.gov.au/parifrancais/Commemorations.html