Australia’s Federation Guard is the Australian Defence Force’s official tri-service ceremonial unit and will play crucial parts in different Anzac Day ceremonies around the world, including Villers-Bretonneux in northern France.
Duties on the day will include catafalque parties, flag and wreath tasks and other representational duties in towns in the region.
"It is a formal way for Australia to remember what occurred here just over one hundred years ago."
Regimental Sergeant Major, Ceremonial, Warrant Officer Class One Brian Moore said the members of Australia’s Federation Guard were proud to honour those who served.
“It is important at an event like this. It is a formal way for Australia to remember what occurred here just over one hundred years ago,” Warrant Officer Moore said.
He said the legacy from involvement in the commemorations was enduring.
“It enables the members who attend to reflect a lot on what has occurred in history,” Warrant Officer Moore said.
“They take that back to the workplace and pass that experience on.”
The locations of services such as the Anzac Day dawn service at Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery reinforces the solemn tone.
“When you walk through the cemeteries and look upon the names of individuals, they paid the supreme sacrifice,” Warrant Officer Moore said.
“As such a young nation in World War I we sacrificed a lot of young blokes who would never realise their full potential.
“What they could have done in later years will always be unknown to us.”