Anzac Day

By Pia Marie Balquiedra  |  Posted: April 25, 2019


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    Anzac Day is here!

    Some of you might be wondering what this day is all about. If you are, then continue reading! If you already know, then we have a list of commemoration services in Australia and New Zealand’s major cities below!

    But first, what is Anzac Day anyway?

    ANZAC DAY is a national day of remembrance for both countries, which broadly commemorates all Aussies and Kiwis who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations, as well as the contribution and suffering of those who have served. It was originally devised to honour the members of the ANZAC, or the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, who served in the Gallipoli Campaign.

    Why April 25?

    When Britain declared war in August 1914, Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of the expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula in order to open the Dardanelles, a narrow strait that can be used to travel from Europe to Russia, to the allied navies. April 25 was the day the ANZAC forces landed on Gallipoli, meeting resistance from the Ottoma Turkish defenders.

    Why is it important?

    During the Gallipoli campaign alone, 8700 Australians and New Zealanders suffered and died for our freedom. The number is much higher if we take into account other wars and conflicts. ANZAC Day is the perfect day to remember their sacrifices and contributions, and to meditate on what our countries would be like without their efforts. If you’re a descendant of some of these soldiers, then this day might be extra special for you!

    If you’re looking for services near you, we’re here to help! Check out the list below.

    Canberra

    Dawn Service

    Location: Australian War Memorial

    Schedule: 5:30 AM

    The Australian War Memorial will host a Dawn Service in close cooperation with the Returned and Services League of Australia ACT. It’s a standing ceremony conducted in the dark prior to sunrise. It is likely that the weather will be cold so be sure to dress for the conditions. The Anzac Day Breakfast will be held afterwards.

    The National Ceremony

    Location: The Australian War Memorial

    Schedule: 10:30 AM

    This year marks the 104th anniversary of the landing of the Anzac troops at Gallipoli. It’ll follow the traditional order of service including a Commemorative Address, wreath laying, hymns, the sounding of the Last Post, observance of one minute’s silence, and the national anthems of Australia and New Zealand. This year’s Commemorative Address will be delivered by His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC.

    Adelaide

    The Dawn Service

    Location: National War Memorial, North Terrace

    Schedule: 6:00 AM

    The annual commemorative march from the memorial to the Cross of Sacrifice in North Adelaide will be held prior to the service. Keith Payne, Australia’s oldest living Victoria Cross recipient, will join the service this year. He received Australia’s highest military honour for rescuing fellow soldiers while under enemy fire and suffering his own injuries during the Battle of Ben Het in 1969.

    Darwin

    Dawn Service

    Location – The Esplanade

    Schedule – 6:00 AM

    The service will be held at the Cenotaph in The Esplanade. Steven Parsons, the most senior member of the Air Force in the Northern Territory, will be the guest speaker at the service. A parade will be held at 9AM.

    Brisbane

    Dawn Service

    Location: Anzac Square

    Schedule: 4:28 AM

    The dawn services are held at exactly 4:28 PM, since that is the exact time the boats hit the beach at Anzac Cove on April 25, 1915. At 10 AM, after the service, there’ll be a parade along George and Adelaide Streets.

    Gold Coast

    Dawn Service

    Location: Elephant Rock, Currumbin

    Schedule: 4:35 AM

    A commemorative march will be held at 10:55 AM. At 1 PM, there’ll be various two-up events. Two-up is a traditional Australian gambling game, which is basically a variation of the famous heads or tails game.

    Perth

    Dawn Service

    Location: Kings Park State War Memorial

    Schedule: 6:00 AM

    Premier Mark McGowan used to serve in the Australian Navy, and will be the guest speaker at the service. Other dignitaries including WA Governor Kim Beazley will also attend the event. After the service, there’ll be a Haka for Life performance at Kings Park followed by a gunfire breakfast at the Government House Gardens.

    Annual Commemorative March

    Location: Corner of Barrack Street and St Georges Terrace

    Schedule: 9:00 AM

    The march will travel through St Georges Terrace, Victoria Avenue, and Langley Park. There’ll be a sausage sizzle at Langley Park afterwards.

    Commemoration Service

    Location: Perth Concert Hall

    Schedule: 11:00 AM

    There’ll also be services at the Jewish War Memorial and the Vietnam Memorial, which will both be held at 7:30 AM.

    Sydney

    Dawn Service

    Location: Martin Place Cenotaph

    Schedule: 4:30 AM

    Commemorative March

    Location: Elizabeth Street and Martin Place

    Schedule: 9:00 AM

    The march will move south to the Anzac Memorial In Hyde Park.

    Commemoration Service

    Location: Anzac Memorial, Hyde Park

    Schedule: 12:30 PM

    Sunset Service

    Location: Martin Place Cenotaph

    Schedule: 5:00 PM

    Road closures and clearways will be in place from early morning, there will be additional train and bus services for participants and observers.

    Melbourne

    Dawn Service

    Location: Shrine of Remembrance

    Schedule: 6:00 AM

    Anzac Day March

    Location: St Kilda Road

    Schedule: 8:30 AM

    The march will finish at the Shrine of Remembrance with a commemorative service. The city will remember the 80th anniversary of the start of the second world war.

    Hobart

    Dawn Service

    Location: Queen’s Domain Cenotaph

    Schedule: 6:00 AM

    Commemoration Service

    Location: Queen’s Domain Cenotaph

    Schedule: 11:40 AM

    Auckland

    Dawn Service

    Location: Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph

    Schedule: 5:30 AM

    You can also live watch the live broadcast on Maori Television.

    Civic Service

    Location: Auckland War Memorial Museum

    Schedule: 11:00 AM

    Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, is expected to attend this service.

    Wellington

    Dawn Service

    Location: Pukeahu National War Memorial Park

    Schedule: 6:00 AM

    Citizens’ Wreath-Laying

    Location: Corner of Lampton Quay and Bowen Street

    Schedule: 9:00 AM

    National Commemoration Service

    Location: Pukeahu National War Memorial Park

    Schedule: 11:00 AM

    Ataturk Service

    Location: Ataturk Memorial Park

    Schedule: 2:30 PM

    The Last Post Ceremony

    Location: Pukeahu National War Memorial Park

    Schedule: 5:00 PM

    Queenstown

    Dawn Service

    Location: Memorial Gates, Marine Parade, Queenstown

    Schedule: 6:45 AM

    Civic Service

    Location: Memorial Street, Queenstown

    Schedule: 10:00 AM

    Christchurch

    Dawn Parade and Anzac Service

    Location: Cranmer Square

    Schedule: 6:15 AM

    Citizens’ Service

    Location: Transitional Cathedral, Latimer Square

    Schedule: 10:00 AM

    This service will be attended by representatives of the Defence Force, Consular Corps and various Christchurch youth groups.

    Christchurch Civic Service

    Location: Air Force Museum, 45 Harvard Ave, Wigram, Christchurch

    Schedule: 12:00 NN

    Keep in mind that the families of the fallen are continuously grieving due to their loss. Let’s appreciate the soldiers’ sacrifices and comfort each other this day!

    If you’re a war veteran, we salute you! Thank you for everything you’ve done!

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