ANZAC Day Service

What is Anzac Day?

Anzac Day, 25 April, is one of Australia’s most important national occasions. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

What does ANZAC stand for?

ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as Anzacs, and the pride they took in that name endures to this day.

Why is this day special to Australians?

When war broke out in 1914 Australia had been a federated nation for only 13 years, and its government was eager to establish a reputation among the nations of the world. When Britain declared war in August 1914 Australia was automatically placed on the side of the Commonwealth. In 1915 Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of the expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula in order to open the Dardanelles to the allied navies. The ultimate objective was to capture Constantinople (now Istanbul), the capital of the Ottoman Empire, an ally of Germany.

 

ANZAC Day Service

ANZAC Day Dawn Service
Thursday, 25 April at 0415
Cenotaph
Martin Place, Sydney

ANZAC Day Consular Wreath Laying
Thursday, 25 April at 0815
Cenotaph
Martin Place, Sydney

ANZAC Day March
Thursday, 25 April at 0900
Elizabeth Street, Sydney

ANZAC Day Commemoration Service
Thursday, 25 April at 1230
ANZAC Memorial
Hyde Park South

ANZAC Day Sunset Service
Thursday, 25 April at 1700
Cenotaph
Martin Place, Sydney

Other ANZAC services will be held in local areas.  Check out your local council website.