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For the fallen
While there's always room for debate about what's the best way to commemorate ANZAC Day, there seems no question in the hearts of Australians that it is one of our mist important national days, a solemn occasion that reminds us of what has been lost for what has been gained. This year in Sydney there are plenty of ways for you to pay your respects to the fallen and those who have served. As always in New South Wales there will be FREE travel on public transport on ANZAC Day for veterans and their families
ANZAC Memorial Hyde Park. Image by Adam.J.W.C. from Wikimedia Commons
A full list of RSL sub-branches and details of their ANZAC Day commemorations can be found here.
2) ANZAC Day Marches
[ADVERT]• Sydney ANZAC Day March
According to RSL New South Wales the aim of the Sydney ANZAC Day March is to provide an opportunity for the community to "honour those who served in the defence of Australia or its interests". Particular attention is focussed on those who gave their lives or have suffered because of their service for the Australian people. Veterans and their descendants march.
Marchers appear in particular order - Navy/Army/Air Force in date order of the conflicts in which they participated, civilians in support of Australian troops, descendants of Australian veterans, then Commonwealth and Allies.
The March begins at the corner of Pitt Street and Martin Place at 9am then moves through Martin Place, Pitt Street, George Street and Bathurst Street, finishing in Elizabeth Street at about 1.30pm. You can download a map and all necessary information here.
Those who are unable to attend needn't miss out altogether. The march will be televised live on ABC1.
• Sub-Branch Marches
Marches are also held in many RSL Sub-branches. Details can be found by clicking on your nearest sub-branch here.
Image by Jes from Wikimedia Commons
3) ANZAC Commemoration Service
The Commemoration Service is held next to The Pool of Remembrance at the ANZAC Memorial at Hyde Park South. This service is attended by the Governor, the Premier of New South Wales, and the Leader of the Opposition and includes bands, choirs, cadets and a United Drumhead Service. It runs from 12.30pm to 1.30pm.
4) ANZAC Day NRL Match
This is the twelfth year that the solemn occasion of ANZAC Day has been marked by the National Rugby League's blockbuster clash for the ANZAC Cup between traditional rivals, The Sydney Roosters and The St George Illawarra Dragons. The game kicks off at 4pm at Allianz Stadium. The best player in this clash is acknowledged with The Spirit of ANZAC Award. Prices vary and range from $12 to $107. Family tickets and concessions are also available. Tickets can be purchased online here.
6) Sunset Service
ANZAC Day comes to a short but moving close at the Sunset Service at 5pm at the Cenotaph at Martin Place, with the NSW Ambulance Service Band and the lowering of flags.