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Anzac Day Dawn Service and March
January 1, 1970 @ 10:00 am
ANZAC Day marks the anniversary of the first major action by Australian and New Zealand troops in the Great War when, at dawn on April 25 1915, they landed on the beaches at Gallipoli in the Dardanelles Strait. Here they fought troops of the Ottoman Empire alongside British, French and Indian allies.
Today ANZAC Day is the most important day of remembrance and commemoration in both New Zealand and Australia and dawn services are attended by hundreds of thousands of people across both countries.
Members of the public are advised to arrive at the Shrine by 5.30am if possible and to travel by public transport as parking is restricted near the Shrine on ANZAC Day. Further information on train and bus services can be found on the Metlink website. Details for Yarra Trams special early tram services can also be found there.
Following the Dawn Service will be the Gunfire Breakfast, held in the King’s Domain at the bottom of the Shrine Forecourt. Here visitors can enjoy a hot breakfast, including coffee, for a gold coin donation.
The Shrine Visitors Centre will open to visitors at 7am. The Visitors Centre includes an audio visual area and will be host to three exhibitions open to the public on ANZAC Day.
Following the Dawn Service the Official Wreath Laying Service will commence at 8.15am. Officials laying wreaths, including representatives of government, ex service organisations and the Australia Defence Force will march up the Forecourt and enter the Shrine to lay wreaths in the Sanctuary.
ANZAC Day March commences at 9am at the corner of Swanston Street and Flinders Street. The march continues along St Kilda Road to the Shrine where all participants march up the Forecourt prior to dismissing when they reach the Shrine steps.
The final ceremonial activity for ANZAC Day is the Commemoration Service that follows the March. This will be held between 1pm – 1.30pm on the Shrine Forecourt.
For more information, including how to take part in the ANZAC Day March, please visit the Victorian RSL site.