Thursday 25 April 2013
Record numbers attended ceremonies at the Australian War Memorial on ANZAC Day with 35000 attending the Dawn Service and a further 17000 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.
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
- Other ceremonies in Australia and around the world Department of Veterans' Affairs website
Photographs of ANZAC Day ceremonies in Canberra
- National Ceremony address, 2013: delivered by AWM 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