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Anzac Women To March Together In Adelaide

Adelaide's servicewomen will march together for the first time this Anzac Day as part of a campaign to broaden the perception of what a veteran looks like.

By The Left is a nationwide movement aiming to educate Australians on the diversity in the age and gender of service people.

Organiser Kellie Dadds, herself an army veteran, said many people get caught up in the traditional stereotype of what a veteran should be.

"Being a veteran is gender neutral, so it's a commitment regardless of their background," she told AAP.

"Female veterans do not want to be viewed any differently to men."

About 15 percent of serving Australian Defence Force personnel are women.

But Ms Dadds said women and young male veterans were often mistaken as representing their relatives rather than themselves during commemorative events.

In Adelaide, female veterans' groups from the navy, army and air force will march sequentially for the first time this Anzac Day.

"It just creates that stronger presence of women in the march, it makes them more visible," she said.

This year will also mark the centenary of the battles at Dernancourt and Villers-Bretonneux, where Australian forces helped defeat the German spring offensive.

These were followed by the allied hundred days offensive, which drove the Germans back to the Hindenburg Line and ended the war in November 1918.

The commemorations will also mark the 75th anniversary of hard fighting in New Guinea during World War II and the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive during the Vietnam War.

Adelaide's Anzac Day March will start on North Terrace and up to 6000 people are expected to participate.

The march will turn right onto King William Road and finish at the Cross of Sacrifice in North Adelaide.

It will follow the annual dawn service at the South Australian National War Memorial where more than 10,000 people are expected to gather.

- AAP

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