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Remember the fallen and those who have served
While there's always room for debate about what's the best way to commemorate ANZAC Day, the events that are part of the official program are always moving, respectful, solemn occasions that remind us of what has been lost for what has been gained. ANZAC Day is continuing to grow in popularity as one of our most significant national days and there are plenty of ways for you to pay your respects in Sydney this year.
Image by Fir0002/Flagstaffotos from Wikimedia Commons
1) Free ANZAC Concert
A free ANZAC lunchtime concert of popular band music, organised by the Royal Australian Navy, will be performed at Martin Place on Wednesday 24 April. A collection will be taken up for The United Returned Soldiers' Fund, which supports ex and current serving members of the Australian Defence Force.
[ADVERT]2) ANZAC Day Dawn Services
Sydney Dawn Service
The main ANZAC Day Dawn Service will be held, as always at The Cenotaph in Sydney City's Martin Place. It commences at dawn, which this year is at 4.30am, marking the time of the original Gallipoli landings.
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 can watch the proceedings televised live on ABC1.
The Commemoration Service is held next to The Pool of Remembrance at the ANZAC Memorial at Hyde Park South. This service includes bands, choirs, cadets and a United Drumhead Service. It runs from 12.30pm to 1.30pm.
ANZAC War Memorial. Image by Gobeirne from Wikimedia Commons.
This will be the eleventh year that the National Rugby League has acknowledged the importance of ANZAC Day with a 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 will be awarded The Spirit of ANZAC Award. Prices range from $30 for adults and $15 for children to $50 for adults and $22 for children. Family tickets and concessions are also available. Tickets can be purchased online here.
6) Sunset Service
ANZAC Day commemorations conclude with the short Sunset Service at 5pm at the Cenotaph at Martin Place, at which flags are lowered.