Where are you planning to spend Anzac Day 2014? Find services, parades and available holiday park accommodation for the Anzac Day public holiday...
Anzac Day 2014 is on Friday 25 April.
The national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand commemorates those who have fought and lost their lives in combat during war time and peace-keeping operations. Originally introduced to honour the soldiers who died at Gallipoli during World War I, Anzac Day now recognises the contribution and suffering of all Australians and New Zealanders who have perished fighting for their country. It has been a public holiday since 1927 and is arguably the most important public holiday in Australia with events held throughout the country to observe the occasion.
Head to the Shrine of Remembrance for the annual 6am Dawn Service, which this year marks the 99th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings. It’s recommended that you arrive by 4.30am to get your place, but you can also watch the 9am Anzac Day March down St Kilda Road, the concluding Commemorative Service at 1pm or the Ray of Light Ceremony taking place every hour afterwards.
Visit the Shrine of Remembrance website for more.
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The annual Anzac Day march gives participating veterans and members of the public the chance to remember those who have served and died for their country. This year the starting point is Sydney’s iconic Cenotaph, the oldest World War I memorial in the CBD. The route will follow Pitt Street, George Street and Bathurst Street to Elizabeth Street. A 5pm ceremony will also take place at the Cenotaph followed by a performance by the Ambulance Service Band and the lowering of the flags.
Visit the Returned Services League website for more information.
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Members of the public can make use of free bus services from the Darwin North RSL to the Darwin City in order to attend the Anzac Day memorial services. As well as a Dawn Service at the cenotaph there will be parades and events held throughout the city to commemorate Anzac Day.
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The evening before Anzac Day 2014 images of servicemen and women drawn from a historic archive will be projected onto the Australian War Memorial building. The Dawn Service commences at 5.30am on the 25th and the Hall of Memory will be open throughout the morning giving visitors the chance to lay a poppy on the Tomb of the Unknown Australian Soldier. At the conclusion of the service a breakfast will be held in the Anzac Hall and the Terrace Café will be open for public use.
So popular is the Kings Park dawn service on 25 April, drawing crowds of up to 50,000 people that this year the Perth commemorations have been extended from one day to five days. There will be a Last Post Ceremony held at the State War Memorial at 5pm each day from Sunday 20 April until Thursday 24 April. These events will pay tribute to West Australians who have died in service.
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The Adelaide Anzac Day march commences at 9am from the corner of North Terrace and Gawler Place. Following the event there will be food, refreshments and entertainment available at the Torrens Parade Ground open to veterans, friends, family and members of the public.
Visit the RSLSA website for Anzac Day transport information and order of proceedings.
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Brisbane’s Anzac Day Parade begins at 10am on Friday 25 April on the corner of George and Elizabeth Streets. The procession will follow the route up George Street, right into Adelaide Street and then right again into Creek Street with a planned finish time of approximately 1pm.
Visit the Anzac March Brisbane website for more information.
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