Tuesday 25 April 2017

Anzac Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. It is the day on which we remember all Australians who served and died in war and on operational service. The spirit of Anzac, with its qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance for our sense of national identity.

Anzac Day commemorations will begin on the evening of Sunday 23 April with the projection onto the Memorial building of images of Australian servicemen and servicewomen drawn from the Memorial’s rich photographic collection. These projections will run again on 24 April until the commencement of the Dawn Service.

In Canberra the Australian War Memorial, in close cooperation with the Returned and Services League of Australia ACT, will host the following:

The daily Last Post Ceremony will commence at 4.45 pm in the Commemorative Area. All members of the public are welcome to attend this special ceremony concluding the Memorial’s Anzac Day commemorations of the landings on Gallipoli.  It is anticipated that there will be a greater than normal number of people attending the Last Post Ceremony, therefore additional viewing screens will be placed outside the Memorial entrance for members of the public to safely view the proceedings. The ceremony will also be broadcast live online.

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commemorative Ceremony will be held after the Dawn Service at the Aboriginal Memorial plaque on the side of Mount Ainslie.

If you are interested in participating in the National Ceremony's veterans' march in 2017, please contact the ACT RSL.

History and tradition


Photographs of Anzac Day ceremonies in Canberra


Education resources

The following Memorial resources are designed to help educate schoolchildren on the themes of the First World War and related events:


Photographs taken on 25 April 1915