Wednesday 25 April 2018
Anzac Day is a time for the community to come together to remember and recognise the service and sacrifice of members of the Australian Defence Force. Originally a commemoration of the landing of Australian and New Zealand forces on Gallipoli on 25 April 1915, Anzac Day is a public expression of gratitude and reflection resonates to the present day.
This year will see the Anzac Day March led for the first time by men and women who served in recent conflicts, embodying the enduring nature of the Anzac spirit. We invite everyone to come to the Shrine on Anzac Day and be a part of this special commemoration.
6AM DAWN SERVICE
All are welcome at the rising of the sun to commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australian service men and women. One minute of silence will be observed. Recommended arrival between 4am – 5am.View public transport information.
LIVE STREAM THE DAWN SERVICE
For those unable to attend the Dawn Service, join us in commemoration from 6am to live stream the event.
9AM ANZAC DAY MARCH
Thousands of veterans, their descendants and current serving personnel will march down St Kilda Road, starting at the intersection of Flinders and Swanston Streets and concluding at the Shrine of Remembrance. Unit wreaths will be laid at the Shrine progressively during the March.
At the conclusion of the March a service will take place on the Shrine Forecourt, including an Address from the Governor of Victoria.
HOURS OF OPERATION
Please note that following the conclusion of the Dawn Service admittance to the Visitor Centre is from 7am.
Sanctuary: 6.45am – 7.45am and 2.30pm – 5pm
Visitor Centre and Galleries: 7am – 5pm
Guided tours: unavailable
The Light Horse: Australians in the Middle East 1916–1918
In the East Gallery
This exhibition explores the myths and realities of the fighting on the desserts of Sinai, Palestine and Syria. Featuring paintings by George Lambert, Sidney Nolan and Susan McMinn and personal memorabilia of Lieutenant General Harry Chauvel.
In the West Gallery
Discover the stories of Australian doctors, nurses, medics and patients, from the Korean War to Afghanistan. They speak of what it means to save lives amidst death and destruction, and of the courage required to uphold humanity in the face of trauma and suffering.
About Anzac Day
ANZAC is an acronym and stands for Australian New Zealand Army Corps, the name given to the body of troops raised by the two countries to aid the British Empire in the Great War. Throughout the war Australian and New Zealand troops, or ‘Diggers’ and ‘Kiwis’, would live, fight and die alongside each other creating a bond that still exists today between the two nations.
ANZAC Day is also inextricably linked with the landings at Gallipoli in the Dardanelles Strait on the 25th April 1915. On this day ANZAC troops were committed to their first major action of the war, and though the campaign would ultimately prove a bloody failure and leave more than 8,000 Australians dead, it marked the beginning of the Anzac legend.
This legend was poignantly put into words by Sir William Deane, Governor-General of Australia on ANZAC Day 1999:
“Anzac is not merely about loss. It is about courage, and endurance, and duty, and love of country, and mateship, and good humour and the survival of a sense of self-worth and decency in the face of dreadful odds.”
The Dawn Service & ANZAC Day March
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.
Dawn Services are held across Australia, including Victoria’s State service held at the Shrine, at 6am each April 25 and are followed by the Anzac Day March in many cities and towns. The March, led by veterans and serving personnel, now also includes the descendants of veterans, sometimes alongside their relatives but more often, as the men of the Second World War in particular pass on, in honour of those who served.
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