Dawn Service, National Ceremony & Last Post Ceremony
This year, Monday 25 April 2016 marks the 101st Anniversary of the landing of Anzac troops at Gallipoli. The Australian War Memorial will be hosting two ceremonies to commemorate this special day for all Australians. There will be the Dawn Service as well as The National Ceremony mid morning.
The Dawn Service begins at 4:30am with the first reading. There will be three fifteen minute readings before the official service begins at 5:30am as dawn breaks. The service is a standing ceremony held in the dark before sunrise, so attendees are advised to wear warm clothing and bring a torch. This moving ceremony will conclude at 6am. For more information on the Dawn Service, see here.
The National Ceremony begins at 10:15am with the traditional Order of Service, including the National Anthem, the Commemorative Address, the laying of wreaths, the reading of hymns, the sounding of the Last Post and observance of one minute's silence. The National Anzac Day Ceremony address will then be given by His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd). For more information on the National Ceremony, see here.
National Ceremony, 2015. Source: AWM website
The Last Post Ceremony, which begins at 4:55pm each afternoon, is usually a popular event for many on Anzac Day. The ceremony begins with the singing of the National Anthem, a piper plays bagpipes and then attendees are invites to lay wreaths at the Pool of Reflection. A story about one of the names on the Roll of Honour is told before the Ode is recited and then the Last Post bugle is heard.
For more information on the Last Post Ceremony, see here.
Anzac Day at the Australian War Memorial is an emotional experience for all who attend. It is a day to reflect on the courage and sacrifice of those who have served our beautiful country. The Dawn Service, National Ceremony and Last Post Ceremony will be moments to remember at the Australian War Memorial on Anzac Day, 2016.
A bugler and piper in the commemorative area of the Australian War Memorial. Source: AWM website