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Melbourne's ANZAC Commemoration
ANZAC Day, Wednesday April 25th commemorates the 103rd anniversary of the ANZAC's landing at Gallipoli in World War 1 and allows us to remember all men and women who have served our country in wars and conflict around the globe since.
ANZAC Day 2018 is the 103rd anniversary of the Gallipoli landings and a great opportunity for the community to thank all those who have served our country in conflicts around the world. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
This year Melbourne's ANZAC Day Parade will be led by men and women who have served in recent conflicts such as Iraq and Afghanistan, a measure meant to signify the enduring nature of the ANZAC spirit.
The day will start with the very touching and emotional Dawn Service at the Shrine of Remembrance commencing at 6 AM.
The march starts at the intersection of Swanston & Flinders Streets at 9 AM and proceeds down St Kilda Road to the Shrine where a commemorative service will be conducted commencing at 1 PM on the Forecourt of the Shrine of Remembrance.
The Shrine of Remembrance will host both the Dawn Service and the Commemorative Service following the march. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
If you're planning to attend the Dawn Service you'll need to think about getting there well in advance of the 6 AM start time – probably between about 4.30 and 5 AM if you want a chance to get anywhere near the front of the crowd on the forecourt.
Between now and then, and even on the day, you can support the ANZAC Appeal by purchasing one of its iconic 'Rising Sun' badges available in denominations ranging from $2 to $50 or the very popular 'slouch hat' badge available for just $5. Badge sellers are out and about now and you can rest assured your donation will go to a very worthy cause.
Melbourne's ANZAC Day march starts at the intersection of Swanston & Flinders Streets and proceeds down St Kilda Road to the Shrine of Remembrance. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
There is no public parking available at the Shrine and streets in close proximity will be closed on the morning. If you're intending to attend either the Dawn Service or the march Public Transport is definitely the best option. The Public Transport Victoria website details timetables for trains, trams and buses on ANZAC Day including early services to get you to the Shrine for the Dawn Service.
Get along to the ANZAC Day Dawn Service, march and commemorative service to show your gratitude to those veterans able to march and to remember all those men and women who have served us and our country in wars around the globe over the last 103 years.
The Dawn Service gets underway on the Forecourt of the Shrine of Remembrance at 6 AM but you'll need to be there early to secure a good vantage point. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
Why? Don't miss the opportunity to show your gratitude to the veterans able to march and to remember all those men and women who have served us and our country in wars around the globe over the past 103 years.