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Salute our brave soldiers and their sacrifices
Although it's a day that is well etched in the memory of every Australian, for the benefit of those who are new to this country or to its history here's a quick look at what ANZAC Day means to Australia and things to look forward on this day.
ANZAC Day is a day when people from Australia commemorate the sacrifices made by the soldiers from Australia and New Zealand, who also lost their lives during World War I. Out of 114 000 soldiers who went to Turkey, nearly 19 000 did not come back to their homes. The highlights of this day are the marches and remembrance parade, which evoke a strong sense of patriotism and gratitude towards these brave soldiers and their equally courageous families.
A national holiday is observed on this day across the country with most of the shops and restaurants staying closed throughout the day. Some selected shops choose to operate from noon usually after 1pm.
What's happening in Melbourne? Melbourne celebrates this day to commemorate the death of soldiers at its much famous landmark Shrine of Remembrance in St. Kilda. This landmark was built to placate that many hearts that grieved at the loss of lives of many brave men and women during the war time. The major community events taking place at this monumental landmark are Official Wreath Laying, Dawn Services and ANZAC Day Commemoration March.
Dawn Services: 6 – 6:45 am Official Wreath Laying: Commences at 8:15 am (assemble at 7:45 am) ANZAC Day March: Begins at 9:00 am Commemorative Service: Starts 1:00 pm
Another popular thing on this day is a gambling game called two-up which is played using two coins after all the formal events are completed.
How to get there? You can access Shrine of Remembrance through public transport like trams, buses and taxis. Tram numbers 3, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67 and 72 go to this landmark while bus numbers 216, 219 and 220 take you here. Free buses and trams would run from various points to the Shrine of Remembrance on ANZAC Day. Click here for more information on free transportation of ANZAC Day.