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In many ways ANZAC Day has become our de facto national day in recent years. Increasing crowds at ANZAC Day official ceremonies and other events, both in Australia and abroad, are testament to this. There are many ways to commemorate ANZAC Day but the solemn and often moving events that are part of the official program are usually the most popular as they remind us of what has been lost for what has been gained. In Brisbane this year there are plenty of opportunities for you to pay your respects at official and more casual events. Some are listed below
The free ANZAC Eve Concert, which is jointly presented by the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and RSL Queensland Branch, is a popular Brisbane tradition. this year the concert is directed by Australian conductor Benjamin Northey and features Queensland Police Pipes and Drums, the Australian Army Band Brisbane, the Brisbane Concert Choir and soloists, along with the world renowned QSO.
Brisbane Dawn Service The main ANZAC Day Dawn Service will be held, as always at The Shrine of Remembrance in Brisbane's City's ANZAC Square between Ann and Adelaide Streets. It commences at dawn (approximately 4.30am), marking the time of the original Gallipoli landings.
The annual ANZAC Day Parade is a significant commemorative event and provides a colourful opportunity for members of the public to pay their respects to those who have served and continue to serve in the defence of Australia or its interests. The community can honour veterans themselves or their descendants who march in the stead of those who have passed away or are no longer able to march themselves.
This year the parade commences at 10am at the corner of George and Elizabeth Streets. Marchers will travel up George Street, then into Adelaide and Creek Streets, with the parade finishing at approximately 1pm. You can find out details about the parade online here.
Dawn services are held at many local RSL sub-branches throughout Brisbane and surrounds. They also hold their own local marches, services and commemorative events, some featuring guest speakers and offering post service breakfasts or hospitality.
Dawn Service at Lutwyche Cemetery This will commence at 5.30 am and will be followed at 6.30am by a Gunfire Breakfast outside Kedron-Wavell Services Club and a march at 7.45am and service from 8.30am. Details online here.
Redland City Commemorations commence with a dawn service to the Cenotaph at 5.15am followed by the Dawn Service at 5.30am. The march will commence at 10.30 am with a service at 11am. Details online here.
The game of two-up was played by Australian soldiers during World War 1 and was a highly popular illegal betting activity until the 1950's. It is legal to play two-up on Anzac Day. Most local RSL clubs have two-up games on ANZAC Day.