26 Apr 2014

2nd Gallipoli service mooted for 2015

7:08 am on 26 April 2014

Veterans Affairs Minister Michael Woodhouse says there could be a second service in Gallipoli next year as part of the centenary commemorations.

Michael Woodhouse.

Michael Woodhouse. Photo: SUPPLIED

A large service will be held on Anzac Day to mark the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings.

But Mr Woodhouse says Australia has asked for a separate commemoration service in August, to acknowledge the Battle of Lone Pine which took place on 6 August.

Two days later New Zealand forces took Chunuk Bair.

Mr Woodhouse says marking those important battles would give people who can't attend the Anzac Day service another opportunity to visit the peninsula and mark the centenary. He's confident there would be enough interest to fill another service in August.

Mr Woodhouse says this year's ceremony went extremely well, but special plans will have to be in place next year due to the numbers expected and the makeup of the crowd.

More foreign dignitaries, which will mean more security, and many older people will attend and thought will have to be given to their needs.