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
- 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 to mark this event?
- Previous Commemorative Addresses
- Other ceremonies in Australia and around the world Department of Veterans' Affairs website
Photographs of Anzac Day ceremonies in Canberra
- 2015 Dawn Service, 2015 National Ceremony, 2014 Dawn Service, 2014 National Ceremony, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000
The following Memorial resources are designed to help educate schoolchildren on the themes of the First World War and related events:
- Understanding Gallipoli provides background information, case studies, and activities related to the Gallipoli campaign (/education/schools/resources/understanding-gallipoli)
- Anzac Diversity includes case studies which explore the cultural diversity of the Australian Imperial Force (/education/schools/resources/anzac-diversity)
- Their spirit, our history includes classroom activities and an outline for planning your own commemorative ceremony (/commemoration/anzac/theirspirit.asp)
- The Australia in the First World War Memorial Box is a hands-on outreach resource available for schools to borrow. Find the related online content, case studies, and questions here: /education/memorial-boxes/1.
- A camera on Gallipoli education kit provides insight into life on Gallipoli an includes questions and activities (/education/camera-gallipoli-interpretive-guide)
- Australian nurses explores the service of Australian women in the First and Second World Wars.
- HMAS AE1 tells the story of the submarine and includes related case studies and activities (/education/schools/resources/hmas-ae1)
- Dawn of the legend tells the story of the Gallipoli landings, and includes pictures and maps of the campaign (/exhibitions/dawn/spirit)
- Mapping Gallipoli features 15 maps from Gallipoli and tells the stories behind them (/exhibitions/gmaps/trench)