Brisbane residents answer the question: “Why is remembering the Anzacs important to you?”

The First World War contribution from Queensland’s pioneering military units will be commemorated at a special Anzac Centenary function to coincide with Riverfire this Saturday September 27.

100 horses (representing 100 years) from the Australian Light Horse Association will undertake a commemorative ride through Brisbane at 5pm. The best vantage points will be along Adelaide Street in the CBD, between George and Creek streets.

On 24 September 1914, the Queensland contingent of the First Australian Imperial Force (1st AIF) departed on a gruelling journey that ultimately concluded in Egypt.

“Within weeks of the declaration of war on 4 August 1914,” explains Glen Elmes, Minister Assisting the Premier on the Anzac Centenary, “more than 1500 men made up the 9th Infantry Battalion and the 2nd Light Horse Regiment, and joined other units to form the 1st AIF.

“Largely made up of Queenslanders and formed at Enoggera, they were among the first infantry units and mounted formation raised by Australia for the 1st AIF, with the 9th Battalion being first ashore at Gallipoli.

“The Queensland Government will commemorate this historic milestone with an educative encampment and exhibition at South Bank Parklands from 12 noon – 6pm on 27 September. The commemorative event is a great opportunity for Queenslanders to learn about the role Queensland played in the 1st Australian Imperial Force and see for themselves what life was like as a soldier in the First World War.

“We honour and commemorate these brave men — bound for international shores with very little knowledge of what lay ahead. The Queensland Government has committed $49.3 million over the five year commemoration period to ensure we honour all these courageous service men and women who have fought and served in all wars, conflicts and peace operations.”

For more information, visit our event guide.

To see why Brisbanites think it’s important to remember the Anzacs, click through the gallery above!