Each Anzac Day, the Australian War Memorial pays tribute to the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915, honouring the Australians and New Zealanders who fought side by side. This year, it will be the 102nd anniversary. It is also the day on which we remember all Australians who have served and died in war and on operational service, in every war. On Anzac Day there will be the following services:
From 4.30am, excerpts from the letters and diaries of Australians who experienced war firsthand will be read aloud by a representative from each of the armed forces. Following these readings all will be quiet before the commencement of the Dawn Service at 5:30am, which is a standing ceremony in the dark. It concludes at 6am.
* The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commemorative Ceremony will be held after the Dawn Service at the Aboriginal Memorial plaque on the side of Mount Ainslie.
The National Ceremony
This ceremony begins at 10:30am with with the traditional order of service including the 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. The ceremony will also include the Anzac Day veterans' march. It concludes at 12pm. Tickets are required though Trybooking for this free, seated event. See the Australian War Memorial website for details.
The Last Post
The daily Last Post Ceremony will commence at 4.45 pm in the Commemorative Area. All members of the public are welcome to attend this special ceremony concluding the Memorial's Anzac Day commemorations of the landings on Gallipoli.
See the Australian War Memorial website for the latest details.