The 1st of November 2014 marked 100 years since troops from the Australian Imperial Force and New Zealand Expeditionary Force set sail from Albany to serve in the First World War. For many on-board those ships, Albany’s King George Sound would be their last sight of Australia.

From 30 October to 2 November 2014 the national and international spotlight was on Albany, with a range of significant commemorative and community events and activities taking place. More than 30,000 people visited Albany to Remember.

RAC has been part of the lives of Western Australians since 1905 and RAC members supported the war effort by purchasing two ambulances for the Red Cross, and transporting injured troops from Fremantle Port to hospital using their own vehicles.

RAC was pleased to be a Presenting Partner of Anzac Albany, as well as being the official partner for the Anzac Albany Ambassador volunteer program and the Anzac Albany Park and Ride Network that operated during the event.

Being part of the Anzac Centenary commemorations provided our members and the community with the opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices made by so many brave troops and all those touched by war, and to help pass the baton on to our younger generation.

During Anzac Albany our members continued to give back with more than 250 of the 427 Anzac Albany volunteers being RAC members. One such member and Anzac Albany Ambassador was Alice Moi. A member with the RAC for more than 10 years Alice was proud to be part of the event and reflects on what it means to her.

What does Anzac Albany mean to you?

During the commemorations I was proud to be Albany-ian and think the event was just magnificent. Albany put on a wonderful show and commemorated the soldiers well. Everyone was happy about the event; feedback that I got from people in my volunteer tent was phenomenal!

Personally, it showcased Albany in a beautiful way. My first husband was Hubert Louis Weight and he was a petty naval officer on one of the boats taking the WW1 soldiers to the ships that formed the convoy in 1914. He was involved in the navy but wasn’t allowed to go to war as he was a plumber and so he stayed in Albany.

Why did you volunteer for Anzac Albany?

Because Albany has given me a lot of help in the past and in lots of different ways and this is my way of giving back. Plus I wanted to be involved in a part of history. I’m glad I did, it was very special.

What did you enjoy most during Anzac Albany?

I really enjoyed meeting visitors in the information booth and explaining how to get to where they needed to go. Being helpful, that was great. The spirits of everyone I encountered were very high.

And of course observing the Troop March with my niece and nephew was a highlight as well as watching all the events on the big screen.

Visit Albany to Remember

As part of the Anzac Albany commemorations the National Anzac Centre in Albany was opened. Upon entering the centre, interactive multimedia displays and audio commentary enable visitors to experience the personal stories of 32 Anzac characters and see the First World War through their eyes.

The National Anzac Centre experience concludes with the discovery of each these characters fates. Visitors can then document their own feelings through an interactive wall which displays their message within the National Anzac Centre, and then the world, via the Internet.

RAC members receive a 20% discount on admission to the National Anzac Centre until 31 December 2015. All you need to do is show your card when purchasing a ticket at the Centre. For more information on the National Anzac Centre please visit www.anzacalbany.com.au