National Ceremony

Veterans marching at the National Ceremony on Anzac Day 2015

10.30 am to approximately 12.30 pm

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. This year visitors will hear from The Hon Kim Beazley AC, and former Rat of Tobruk, Bob Semple, an Australian Second World War veteran.

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.

Anzac Day National Ceremony Order of Service

Veterans’ march

The National Ceremony incorporates the Anzac Day veterans’ march which is coordinated by the ACT branch of the Returned and Services League of Australia (RSL). For all information regarding the veterans’ march, please visit the ACT RSL website at

Those interested in registering a contingent to participate this year, should read the following information provided on the ACT RSL website

Please note, to register a contingent, an online submission form is now available on the ACT RSL website with applications to be submitted to them by 3 April

Ticketing and seating

Tickets for reserved seating at the National Ceremony are now booked out. Visitors are welcome to bring chairs or rugs and view the ceremony from outside the ticketed seating areas or via the large screens located on the grounds.

Road Closures

Road closures will be in effect from 2am until 3pm.

  • Traffic from Limestone Avenue diverts onto Treloar Crescent
  • Traffic from Fairbairn Avenue diverts onto Treloar Crescent
  • Anzac Parade closed from Constitution Avenue including the Blamey Crescent and Currong Street intersection.

Public Transport

The Australian War Memorial and Transport Canberra will be providing free bus services to and from the Dawn Service and National Ceremony. For information and to register to ride  please go to  or call 13 17 10.


There is limited parking onsite for mobility impaired visitors only. Vehicles displaying a government issued disability parking permit will be granted access. Parking is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Access to car parks is via Treloar Crescent.

Learn more about why Anzac Day is important to Australians