Friday 25 April 2014
Record numbers attended ceremonies at the Australian War Memorial on Anzac Day 2013 with 35,000 attending the Dawn Service and a further 17,000 attending the National Ceremony.
Anzac Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. It is the day we remember all Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations. The spirit of ANZAC, with its human qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance for our sense of national identity. On Anzac Day, ceremonies are held in towns and cities across the nation to acknowledge the service of our veterans.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commemorative Ceremony will be held after the Anzac Day Dawn Service at the Aboriginal Memorial plaque on the side of Mount Ainslie.
Anzac Day 2015
In addition to the Dawn Service and National Ceremony on 25 April 2015, the Australian War Memorial will have commemorative activities taking place throughout the Anzac Day long weekend in 2015, to mark the centenary of the landing on Gallipoli. Further details will be made available once confirmed.
If you would like to register your interest to attend the Anzac Day Dawn Service or National Ceremony on Saturday 25 April 2015, please email the following details to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Full name, address and contact details
- If you wish to attend the Dawn Service or National Ceremony, or both
- How many guests are likely to attend each ceremony
- Intended mode of transport (public shuttles buses or private)
Please note: registering your interest to attend does not guarantee a seat at either ceremony, your registration is to assist in planning. Further details regarding seating requests will be available once confirmed.
To find out further information regarding the Veterans’ March in 2015, please contact the ACT Branch of the Returned and Services League of Australia.
To find out what is happening at Gallipoli on 25 April 2015, please go to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Gallipoli 2015 website.
History and tradition
- Anzac Day tradition: what do we commemorate and how?
- First World War: an overview of Australia's involvement in the First World War
- First World War Centenary: what is the Memorial doing?
- Other ceremonies in Australia and around the world Department of Veterans' Affairs website
The Memorial is now taking Expressions of Interest from community groups who would like to be involved in the service of Beverages and Hospitality for the 2014 Anzac Day Dawn Service. If you wish to submit an Expression of Interest please complete the form linked below and return to email@example.com by COB 28 February 2014.
Expressions of interest have now closed, for any enquires please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Photographs of Anzac Day ceremonies in Canberra
- National Ceremony address, 2013: delivered by the Memorial's Director Dr Brendan Nelson.
- Dawn Service Address, 2013: delivered by Senior Chaplain Barrie Yesberg RAN
- National Ceremony address, 2012: delivered by Air Marshal Mark Binskin AO, Acting Chief of the Defence Force
- Dawn Service Address, 2012: delivered by Lieutenant Colonel Philip Cairns, Salvation Army
- National Ceremony address, 2011: delivered by Les Carlyon
- Dawn Service address, 2011: delivered by Chaplain Mark Willis
- National Ceremony address, 2010: delivered by the Honourable Kevin Rudd MP, Prime Minister of Australia
- National Ceremony address, 2009: delivered by Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia
- Dawn Service address, 2009: delivered by Chaplain Collin Action, RAN
- National Ceremony address, 2008:delivered by the Honourable Kevin Rudd MP, Prime Minister of Australia
- National Ceremony address, 2006: delivered by Bill Crews, National President, RSL
- Dawn Service address, 2005: delivered by Dr Tom Frame, Anglican Bishop to the Defence Force
- National Ceremony address, 2005: delivered by Her Excellency Mrs Kate Lackey, New Zealand High Commissioner
- Dawn Service address, 2001: delivered by Chaplain Pauline Law, Principal Chaplain, Royal New Zealand Navy
- Their spirit, our history: classroom activities and an outline for planning your own commemorative ceremony
- Activities for students
- Dawn of the Legend tells the story of the landing at Gallipoli. It includes pictures and maps
- Mapping Gallipoli: fifteen maps from Gallipoli and their stories
- Suggestions for further reading on Anzac Day and Simpson and his donkey
Battlefield tours: details of the Memorial's tours to Gallipoli and the Western Front