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What Will You be Doing on ANZAC Day in Brisbane City?

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Update March 16th 2020
NB. All 2020 ANZAC Day services and events in Queensland have been cancelled.

Their Name Liveth Forever More
Be part of ANZAC Day events in the Brisbane CBD this year to acknowledge, remember and thank serving and retired military personnel for their service.

Photo courtesy facebook ANZACs page


Why do we mark ANZAC Day?
ANZAC Day is an annual Australian holiday which marks the anniversary of the campaign of the First World War and the landing of young and brave Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) forces at dawn at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915.

In keeping with this important occasion and tradition, the Brisbane CBD will be holding a range of events where the public can come together to remember and thank our service men and women with services, parades and the chance to catch up with friends and share a drink or two.

Photo courtesy facebook 2017 Dawn Service


Attend The Dawn Service
Anzac Day ceremonies traditionally start with the stillness of the Dawn Service at the Shrine of Remembrance in ANZAC Square.

The service coincides with sunrise to mark the efforts of the Anzac soldiers who rowed to the shores of Gallipoli on April 25, 1915.

The Shrine includes the Eternal Flame of Remembrance, and in the subway beneath are the Shrine of Memories and a crypt holding plaques honouring men and women of varied specialist units.

Cheer at the ANZAC Day Parade

After the dawn service, the public are invited to line the Brisbane streets to watch and cheer as the traditional ANZAC Day parade proudly passes along Adelaide Street, between George Street and Creek Street.

As part of the parade, the Brisbane CBD will feature marching bands, and proud past and present Defence force personnel, their families and officials.

The 2020 Anzac Day Parade Brisbane will recognise the 75th Anniversary of the end of World War II which occurred on 2 September 1945.

The uplifting parade runs between 10am and 1pm, and vehicle movement will be restricted within the Central Business District from 2am to 2pm.

Visit a pub or an RSL Club
Returned and Services League Clubs across Brisbane are a regular gathering place where "diggers"and their families meet to share a drink, and remember mateship, tragedy, heroes and the fallen.

Play a game of "Two-Up"
Two-up is an historical, Australian gambling game that is legal on ANZAC Day and is believed to have originated on the Australian goldfields in the 1850s.

Watch as the "spinner" tosses two coins in the air and sees how they fall. The aim is to bet on whether they will land as two heads, two tails or odds (one of each).

Playing two-up is only legal on ANZAC Day as long as clubs and licensed premises don't charge a fee for playing and all proceeds are donated to a charity or charitable cause.

Wear a poppy
You may see Defence personnel selling red, paper lapel poppies to wear on this special day.

Photo courtesy facebook ANZACs page


Red poppies were among the first plants to spring up in the devastated battlefields of northern France and Belgium. In soldiers' folklore, the vivid red of the poppy came from the blood of their comrades soaking the ground.

Listen to the last post
A lone bugler playing the last post is a poignant moment at any ANZAC Day ceremony, It represents the final farewell and symbolises that the duty of the dead is over and that they can rest in peace.

So, there are a lot of opportunities in Brisbane to make this ANZAC Day memorable and say "Lest We Forget". Which one will you choose?
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Why? Remembering Fallen Soldiers
When: Dawn service from daybreak
Where: 100 Adelaide Street, Brisbane
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Great article, Gillian!
by Elaine (score: 3|7440) 161 days ago
This year I will be going to the ANZAC Day Races.
by May Cross (score: 3|6978) 160 days ago
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