Anzac Day – 25 April



 

Anzac Day, Thursday 25 April 2019
 

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.​

6AM DAWN SERVICE
Come together to remember the Australian men and women who served and sacrificed in the name of peace, and those who continue to do so. Honour their spirit as we unite to observe a minute of silence.

8.30AM ANZAC DAY MARCH
Show your support as thousands of veterans and current serving personnel march down St Kilda Road, concluding at the Shrine.

COMMEMORATIVE SERVICE
Directly following the March, a service will take place on the Shrine Forecourt.

Anzac Day FAQ's

 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."