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Commemoration of the First Shot of World War I

May 8, 2014 @ 8:30 pm - 9:45 pm

Fort Queenscliff is the site where the order was given to fire the first shot in anger by the British Empire of WWI. Artillery at Fort Nepean then fired warning shots at a German merchant ship endeavouring to escape internment. The shot marks the moment that Australia became involved in World War I. Over 61,000 Australians would not come home. This ceremony is in commemoration of their sacrifice.
The commemoration will involve a service of remembrance, a dedication of a memorial and a firing of the Fort’s saluting battery. The event is being supported by the Australian Defence Force and will be open to the public. Invitations are being extended to a wide range of local community groups, local primary and secondary schools, and ex-service organisations.

This is a Free public event.


May 8, 2014
8:30 pm - 9:45 pm

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