National Ceremony

Veterans marching at the National Ceremony on Anzac Day 2015

The National Ceremony begins with the traditional order of service including the Commemorative Address, wreath laying, hymns, the sounding of the Last Post, observance of one minute’s silence, and the national anthems of Australia and New Zealand.

In 2017, the National Ceremony was broadcast live on the Memorial's Facebook page and YouTube Channel, and recordings of the live broadcast can be viewed on these platforms.

National Ceremony veterans’ march

The ceremony incorporates the Anzac Day veterans’ march coordinated by the ACT branch of the Returned and Services League of Australia (RSL). For further information regarding the march please visit the RSL website (ACT) at

Ticketing and seating

Free reserved seating is available in a limited quantity every year for the National Ceremony. Seating reservations are available approximately 2-4 weeks prior to Anzac Day. Please check back closer to Anzac Day 2018 for details.

Road Closures

Road closures are in effect in the areas of Limestone Avenue, Treloar Crescent, Fairbairn Avenue and Anzac Parade.

Please check back for details prior to Anzac Day 2018.


There is limited parking onsite for mobility impaired visitors only. Vehicles displaying a government issued parking pass will be granted access. Access to car parks is via Treloar Crescent.

Public Transport

In previous years, the Australian War Memorial and Transport Canberra have provided free bus services to and from the Dawn Service and National Ceremony.

Please check this webpage regularly for further updates closer to Anzac Day 2018.

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