The Australian War Memorial has unveiled a significant new First World War commemorative tapestry commission based on a painting by internationally renowned Australian artist Imants Tillers (b. 1950).
The tapestry, titled Avenue of Remembrance, was commissioned in 2014 by the Memorial through the Australian Tapestry Workshop and made possible through a generous donation from the Geoff and Helen Handbury Foundation.
Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial, says he’s delighted with the record attendance figures for Anzac Day after more than 31,000 people attended the National Ceremony and veterans’ march at the Memorial today.
The National Ceremony attendance brings crowds at the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing to a massive 151,000 at both ceremonies – an increase of 88,500 on last year’s attendance.
An estimated record 120,000 visitors flocked to the Australian War Memorial today for the Anzac Day Dawn Service – an increase of more than 80,000 on last year.
Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial, said he’s proud of this year’s Dawn Service attendance.
“It fills me with pride that so many people have come to commemorate Anzac Day, on this most significant national occasion, at the Australian War Memorial,” Dr Nelson said.
The Australian War Memorial has joined with Twitter to call on Australians around the country to record their own Anzac Day commemorations and events for inclusion in its national collection.
On Anzac Day, Saturday 25 April 2015, the Memorial will be encouraging people to use the hashtag #AnzacDay to post their Tweets of commemorative events and activities from their own communities. In partnership with Twitter, the Memorial will collect the Tweets as a record of how people commemorated the centenary of the landing at Gallipoli.
2015 ANZAC DAY SERVICES AT THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL
Today, Monday 20 April, 10.00 am – media site walkthrough
Media are invited to attend the Anzac Day site walkthrough with the Memorial’s media team.
Please meet at the stairs at the top of the Parade Ground to discuss the following: