12 February 2011

Online registration service to support Aussie's attending ANZAC services in France

The Australian Department of Veterans' Affairs has announced that Australians travelling to Villers-Bretonneux, France, for 2011 Anzac Day commemorations can now register online to stay up-to-date with important information.

Mr Warren Snowdon, the Minister for Veterans Affairs, said registration for Villers-Bretonneux Anzac Day commemorations had been introduced in response to growing interest.

“Villers-Bretonneux is an important commemorative site with special significance for Australians. The re-taking of the village of Villers-Bretonneux on the night of 24-25 April 1918 was a significant military achievement for Australia that helped stop the German’s spring offensive.

“The site of the Dawn Service, the Australian National Memorial, honours the 295,000 Australians who fought on the Western Front during the First World War and the 46,000 who were killed there.

In 2009 about 3,000 people attended the Villers-Bretonneux commemorations, in 2010 this increased to 3,500, with 4,000 expected in 2011 – so we’re finding ways to support those Australians attending.

The online registration services provide travellers with helpful information on what to bring and what to expect over the commemorative period. The updates are communicated via text message and/or email, and may include changes to traffic arrangements, site opening times, weather conditions or in the event of an emergency.

Registration is not mandatory, nor a ticketing system for the commemorations – but a way for Australian travellers to stay informed of important updates. The services are optional and people can still attend Anzac Day commemorations in Villers-Bretonneux and Gallipoli if they have not registered.

To register for Villers-Bretonneux updates go here. To register for Gallipoli updates go here. For more information about Anzac Day commemorations in France or Gallipoli go here.

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