Commemorating on April 25th

Australians recognise 25 April as an occasion of national remembrance, which takes two forms. Commemorative services are held at dawn – the time of the original landing  at Gallipoli – across the nation.  Later in the day, ex-servicemen and women meet to take part in marches through the major cities and in many smaller centres.

Commemorative ceremonies are more formal and are held at war memorials around the country.  In these ways, Anzac Day is a time when Australians reflect on the many different meanings of war and is commemorated with activities that recognise the sacrifices of those who served and those still serving. Dawn Services and other commemorative Services, Marches &  activities are held on the day every year.

The Dawn Service at Anzac Cove marks the place where Australians and New Zealanders initially landed, then fought side by side during 1915. Members of the ADF and New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) mount a combined catafalque party, and conduct the service in tribute to the ANZACs who lost their lives.