Many ceremonies, parades and other activities are held on ANZAC Day to remember the lives of those who participated or died in military action, particularly on the Gallipoli Peninsula in World War I. Dawn prayer or church services are a particularly important aspect of ANZAC Day. These represent the comradeship that the soldiers experienced as they rose each morning to prepare for another day of military action. After the services, gunfire breakfast (coffee with rum in it) is often served.
In major cities and many smaller towns, parades, marches and reunions of current and past military personnel and memorial services are held. The fourth stanza or verse of a well known poem, known as The Ode, is read aloud at many ceremonies. The poem is called "For The Fallen" and was written by Laurence Binyon in 1914. It commemorates those who died and can never grow old.
Shrine of Remembrance
Thursday 25th April: 5:30am - 1pm
Location: Shrine Of Remembrance Reserve,
St Kilda Road Melbourne
This is a Free Event
The Dawn Service is a major part of the tradition of ANZAC Day and harks back to the military practice of 'standing to' at dawn. Each dawn and dusk, the most favourable times for attack, soldiers were called to 'stand to' and manned their posts in full kit, ready to repulse enemy attacks or launch their own.
The Dawn Service is followed by the ANZAC Day March in honour of those who served, led by veterans and serving personnel alongside their relatives and the descendants of veterans.
The timings below will help you plan for your participation in this year’s Dawn Service.
- For assembly, aim to arrive by 5:30am. Extra tram services from 4:30am. See yarratrams.com.au and www.ptv.vic.gov.au for details.
- Dawn Service commences 6am.
- The Sanctuary opens after the completion of Dawn Service at approximately 6:45am.
- The Sanctuary closes at 7:45am and will reopen after all ceremonial activities finish at approximately 2:30pm.
- The Shrine of Remembrance Visitor Centre will be open from 7am to 5pm displaying two exhibitions, 'The Enemy Within: Internees and Prisoners of War, Victoria 1939-47' and 'Peace'.
Anzac Day at the Duke
Thursday 25th April: 7am - till late
Location: Duke of Wellington, 146 Flinders Street, Melbourne
This is a Free Event
The doors will be open and breakfast will be served from 7am to all of those who have been out to honour our heroes at the Dawn service. Then there will be pub food and drinks from 12pm with both AFL matches live and loud on the big screen TVs.
Anzac Day Blockbuster
Thursday 25th April: Noon - till late
Location: Melbourne Public Bar & Restaurant; 11 Dukes Walk, South Wharf
This is a free even
Watch Collingwood and Essendon go head to head in the Anzac Day Blockbuster match.
Live across large screens with commentary, plus DJs and live bands after the game.
Seriously good pub food, cold beer – full strength and even in a glass – it’s better than being there!
Anzac Day Concert
Thursday 25th April: 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Location: The Edge
$30-$35. Tickets available at the door.
The Chime Choir, featuring Roy Best and Ex Audi Choir present an Anzac Day concert of beautiful music, moving words and stunning images, to remember those who served in wartime.
This information was gathered from 'Time and Date' And 'That's Melbourne'