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ANZAC Day Commemoration

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25 April is a day of national remembrance. Anzac Day is a time at which Australians reflect on the many different meanings of war.

  • West Lane Car Park and Arcade will be open for operation at 5am to cater for customers attending the Dawn Service on Anzac Day, Sunday 25th April
  • State Square will have access off Mitchell Street only between 4am and 7am due to Anzac Dawn Service road closures

ANZAC Day Commemoration

ANZAC was the name given to a combined force of First Australian Imperial Force and New Zealand Army troops who landed on Turkey’s Gallipoli Peninsula at around dawn on Sunday, the 25th day of April, 1915, barely nine months after the outbreak of World War I.

25 April is a day of national remembrance, which takes two forms. Commemorative services are held across the nation at dawn - the time of the original landing, while later in the day, former servicemen and servicewomen meet to take part in marches through the country’s 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 at which Australians reflect on the many different meanings of war.

Darwin RSL Sub-Branch 106th ANZAC Day Commemoration

0500 - ‘Gunfire’ breakfast – TBC

0530 - Public begin assembling at Cenotaph

0550 - Veterans form up at ANZAC Walk at Bicentennial Park, the Esplanade and March to seating in front of Cenotaph

0600 - Dawn Service commences at The Cenotaph, The Esplanade

Order of Dawn Service

  • Master of Ceremonies, Mr Bill Buckley welcomes all guests
  • Arrival of the RSL contingent, led by the Drum Corps of the Australian Army Band - Darwin
  • The Prelude
  • Mounting of the Australian Defence Force Catafalque and Flag parties
  • Wreath or Book laying on Cenotaph
  • Guest Speaker: Wing Commander Steven Parsons, RAAF
  • Hymn Recessional
  • ANZAC Service – The Chaplin
  • Recitation of the Ode of Remembrance: Mr Stephen Gloster, President Darwin RSL
  • Last Post
  • One minutes Silence
  • Reveille
  • The Chaplain
  • The Darwin Chorale, accompanied by the Australian Army Band – Darwin, will lead the National Anthems of New Zealand and Australia
  • Dismount Catafalque and Flag Parties
  • Official Party Departs    

0700 - Reunion breakfast – TBC

0730 - ANZAC Day Mass St Mary’s Cathedral

0845 - Parade forms up on Esplanade

0900 - Parade moves off from

  • Esplanade
  • Along Knuckey St.
  • Right into Cavenagh St.
  • Dismiss at Bennett St/Civic Centre area

0930 - Reunion at TBC

For further information contact  Darwin RSL Sub-Branch    8941 5848 or email sec@rsldarwin.org.au

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