Plans for Commemorations in Israel 2017
- A re-enactment of the charge is planned for the centenary on October 31, 2017. Barry Rodgers, a director of the Australian Light Horse Association, and Kelvin Crombie, Australian writer and historian, are organising these events. About 200 members of the Australian Light Horse Association are planning to go. If possible they may also do a parade of the horses through town for the school children earlier in the day.
- There will be a commemoration service at the British War Cemetery in Be’er Sheva and also a short memorial at the Turkish memorial.
- The official opening of the new Light Horse Museum in Be’er Sheva.
- JNF Link to the museum update: http://www.jnf.org.au/the-anzac-museum-in-beersheba-commemorating-heroism/
- The Be’er Sheva council under Mayor Ruvik Danilovitch, is organising this. It is to be located beside the British War Cemetery and to be ready for the centenary in 2017.
- There will be a commemoration at the Park of the Australian Soldier in Be’er Sheva.
Sequence of Events
8am - Light horse parade through the streets
9am - Ceremony at the Commonwealth Cemetery
Followed by the Opening of the new ANZAC Museum
12 midday - Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new park of the reconstructed Turkish well
Afternoon - New Zealanders Ceremony
Followed by Recreation of the Charge by the Aussie LightHorsemen
Late Afternoon - Event at the Park of the Australian Soldier (may not be open to the public)
Prospective subject to change
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Largely due to the vision of Ziv Ophir of Kinneret College, which is located around the site of Semakh, the college has embarked on a project to reconstruct the damaged station, restore the surrounding buildings and continue the memory of these gallant soldiers. In the grounds of the college, they have erected a memorial plaque telling the story of the capture and listing the names of those killed, which was presented by members of the Australian Light Horse Association and was officially unveiled in 2012, with some Australian Light Horse Association members and many dignitaries present. The plans include an Australian park area with picnic tables, named after the ANZAC soldiers, a visitors’ centre with a multi-media presentation and a statue of an Australian soldier. They plan to complete this on or before the 100th anniversary and officially open it in 2017.
- The Turkish railway station from WW1 has been renovated and should be open to visitors.
- The Jewish National Fund is developing a heritage trail along the ANZAC routes in southern Israel.
- Beersheba 90th anniversary celebrations – Jill Curry
- Ceremony for the opening of the Light Horse Memorial monument at Semakh, 2012 – Jill Curry
- ANZAC Monument, Semakh – Jill Curry
- Ziv Ophir explains about the Semakh railway station (behind) – Jill Curry
- Be’er Sheva station – Jill Curry
- Tel Sheva: Opening of a monument to the New Zealanders who captured this important hill on the 31st October, 1917.
- Be'er Sheva: Restoration of a well from the period of 1917.