Laurie Fraser MBE OAM & RSL Life Member, Albany.
Former SAS soldier, Laurie Fraser takes time to reflect, "I was one of the committee members from the RSL Albany Sub-branch involved with the original submission to the federal Government in 2010 for an interpretive centre commemorating the ANZAC's. Now that the National Anzac Centre is open, this is something we can look back on in years to come with pride. Albany has a great military history being the oldest colonial settlement in Western Australia and now with the National Anzac Centre being the only national military centre outside of Canberra, we can justly say Albany really is the start of the Anzac trail,"
Albany plays a central role in the ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) legend, being the last port of call for troopships departing Australia in the First World War. Albany was the last place in Australia that the ANZACs saw (and in most cases, ever saw) and is therefore a prominent memorial. The first ever recorded Dawn Service was conducted by Anglican Chaplain Padre White (44th Battalion AIF) on 25 April 1923 in Albany, and has been held ever since with several thousand people participating each year. November 1, 2014 marked 100 years since the largest detachment of ANZAC troops departed Australia, many never to return. To learn more visit the National Anzac Centre.