ANZAC Day – 25 April



 

Anzac Day 2018 Wrap Up
 

WATCH THE 2018 ANZAC DAY DAWN SERVICE

READ THE 2018 DAWN SERVICE ADDRESS BY GPCAPTN ANNETTE HOLIAN

VIEW A PHOTO GALLERY OF ANZAC DAY 2018 AT THE SHRINE

Anzac Day is a time for the community to come together to remember and recognise the service and sacrifice of members of the Australian Defence Force. Originally a commemoration of the landing of Australian and New Zealand forces on Gallipoli on 25 April 1915, Anzac Day is a public expression of gratitude and reflection resonates to the present day.​

The activities for Anzac Day 2018 at the Shrine included:

6AM DAWN SERVICE
All were welcomed at the rising of the sun to commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australian service men and women. One minute of silence was observed. A 35,000 strong crowd was in attendance.

INAUGURAL LIVE STREAM THE DAWN SERVICE
For those unable to attend, the Dawn Service was streamed live via Facebook. We proudly welcomed audiences from various parts of the globe to take part in the Shrine's service.

9AM ANZAC DAY MARCH
Thousands of veterans, their descendants and current serving personnel marched down St Kilda Road, starting at the intersection of Flinders and Swanston Streets, concluding at the Shrine of Remembrance. The march was lead by Victorian Captain Darren Grogan CSM RAN and his father Warrant Officer Martin Grogan OAM RAN as, and representing, veterans of recent conflicts. Unit wreaths were laid at the Shrine progressively during the March.

COMMEMORATIVE SERVICE
At the conclusion of the March a service was held on the Shrine Forecourt, including an Address from the Governor of Victoria.

 About Anzac Day

ANZAC is an acronym and stands for Australian New Zealand Army Corps, the name given to the body of troops raised by the two countries to aid the British Empire in the Great War. Throughout the war Australian and New Zealand troops, or 'Diggers' and 'Kiwis', would live, fight and die alongside each other creating a bond that still exists today between the two nations.

ANZAC Day is also inextricably linked with the landings at Gallipoli in the Dardanelles Strait on the 25th April 1915. On this day ANZAC troops were committed to their first major action of the war, and though the campaign would ultimately prove a bloody failure and leave more than 8,000 Australians dead, it marked the beginning of the Anzac legend.

This legend was poignantly put into words by Sir William Deane, Governor-General of Australia on ANZAC Day 1999:

"Anzac is not merely about loss. It is about courage, and endurance, and duty, and love of country, and mateship, and good humour and the survival of a sense of self-worth and decency in the face of dreadful odds."