Join us at the Caulfield RSL as we pause to remember the fallen - Lest we forget.
7.00am DAWN SERVICE
7.30am GUNDFIRE BREAKFAST (Gold coin donation)
12.00pm - 5.30pm TWO UP under the Giant Marquee
2.40pm Collingwood vs Essendon on the big screen (for those who want to stay on)
Located 1.5 blocks from Elsternwick Train Station, or 1/2 block from the 67 Tram (stop Elsternwick Shopping Centre).
Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance of the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. It is the day on which we remember Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in all wars, conflicts, peacekeeping operations and the contribution and suffering of all those who have served. The spirit of Anzac, with its human qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance for our sense of national identity.
The breakfast symbolises the last meal served to the troops before they left the trenches in WW1.
Two-up is a traditional Australian game, involving a designated 'Spinner' throwing two coins or pennies into the air. Players gamble on whether the coins will fall with both (obverse) heads up, both (reverse) tails up, or with one coin a head, and one a tail (known as 'Odds'). It is traditionally played on Anzac Day in pubs and clubs throughout Australia, in part to mark a shared experience with Diggers through the ages.
The game is traditionally played with pennies – their weight, size, and surface design make them ideal for the game. Weight and size make them stable on the 'kip' and easy to spin in the air. Decimal coins are generally considered to be too small and light and they don't fly so well. The design of pennies that date pre 1939 had the sovereign's head on the obverse (front) and the reverse was totally covered in writing making the result very easy and quick to see. Pennies can often be observed being used at games on Anzac Day, as they are brought out specifically for this purpose each year.
The bet is usually $5 a round so make sure bring lots of $5 notes.
Two- Up only @ Mail Exchange, Bourke St Melbourne. This venue may be busy due to the main dawn service at the Shrine of Remembrance (about 2 million people).
Dawn Service, Breakfast & Two up @ Box Hill RSL, Oakleigh/Carnegie RSL, Sunshine RSL & Ringwood RSL.