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RSL ACT Branch Veterans' March

RSL ACT Branch Anzac Day Veterans' March 2024

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Date: 25 April 2024

Time: 9.30 am

Duration: Approximately 90 minutes

Location: Australian War Memorial Parade Ground

No tickets required

 

This Anzac Day, Thursday 25 April 2024, the ACT Branch of the Returned and Services League of Australia Veterans’ March will return to the Parade Ground of the Australian War Memorial. The Veterans’ March will commence from Anzac Parade at 9.30 am and will be followed by the Anzac Day address delivered by Afghanistan veteran Damien Thomlinson.

The general public is encouraged to attend, and seating will be available around the Parade Ground. Ticketing is not required.

Please note that the march will not be broadcast as in previous years.

Registration to participate in the Veterans' March closed on Monday 15 April. Should you wish to participate, please contact rsvp@awm.gov.au or call 02 6206 9813 for consideration.

 

Current contingent registrations can be viewed at the below link.

View contingent registrations

 

GUIDELINES

Current and former serving Australian Defence Force, Commonwealth or Allied force veterans, and their relatives are eligible to participate. The guidelines outline the eligibility requirements and provide general information for registered participants.

 

ORDER OF MARCH

The order of march is based on tradition and is determined in consideration of Defence ceremonial protocol. Current and former serving veterans of the Australian Defence Force are prioritised. The order of precedence for the march, which will be used to govern proceedings on Anzac Day, can be viewed at the below link.

View the Order of March

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Open Information

How can I register to march?

Registration to march can be submitted by groups/contingents (e.g. associations), or individuals via the Australian War Memorial or RSL ACT Branch websites. Eligibility to march is outlined in the guidelines.

 

I am marching with a registered contingent. When, where and how do we form up on Anzac Day?

Contingents will be asked to arrive from 8.30 am to form up on Anzac Parade. Staff and volunteers will be stationed along Anzac Parade to assist contingents to take position in the march order by 9 am.

 

To understand where your contingent may be positioned, you can view the order of precedence for the Veterans’ March here. The final march order will be advised by the Chief Marshal via email to registered participants prior to the day, and will be published on the RSL ACT and Memorial websites.

 

The contingent leader is requested to organise their group in files by 9.15 am, the size of your contingent will dictate the number of files (up to a maximum of four files for contingents larger than 45).

 

I registered as an individual. Where and when do I form up on Anzac Day?

Individual participants who have registered will be advised where to march prior to the date. They will be required to arrive on Anzac Parade from 8.30 am, to be in position by 9 am. If this information has not been received, staff will be stationed along Anzac Parade to assist individuals to take position in the march order.


For those individuals who are eligible to march as relatives of an Australian Defence Force, Commonwealth or Allied Force veteran, they will march with the family contingent following the veteran contingents.

 

Do I need to check in on arrival?

Yes, for registered contingents, the contingent leader or main point of contact needs to check in with a member of staff so that they can inform the Chief Marshal of your contingent’s attendance and final numbers. Staff will be stationed along Anzac Parade to check in contingents.

Individual participants will also be asked to check in with a member of staff on arrival.

 

What is the latest time we can check in to march?

To ensure the Veterans’ March runs smoothly and safely, marching contingents and individuals are asked to arrive for check in from 8.30 am, to be in position by 9 am.

 

What should I wear?

The march is conducted outdoors, dress to weather conditions. Business/smart attire or appropriate service dress is suggested.

 

Can I film or photograph the march as a participant?

Out of respect for the occasion, we ask that participants do not film or photograph proceedings while marching. Family or friends are welcome to capture your participation as spectators.

 

How can we get to and from the Veterans’ March?

Public transport:

The Memorial and Transport Canberra will be providing free bus services to the Veterans’ March. 

Accessible parking:

There will be limited parking onsite for the use of mobility impaired visitors only, which will be filled on a first-come first-served basis in the western car park (adjacent to Campbell High School). Vehicles displaying a government issued disability parking permit will be granted access to park, and once full, vehicles can access to drop off and relocate their car, and pick up following the Veterans’ March.\

Road closures:

Road closures will be in effect from approximately 7 pm on Wednesday 24 April until no later than 6 pm on Thursday 25 April:

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

 

What accommodation is nearby?

For more information regarding accommodation in Canberra, refer to visitcanberra.com.au  

 

Can we book seating for spectators?

Tickets are not required for the Veterans’ March. Limited seating for spectators of the Veterans’ March will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, located on either side of the Parade Ground.

Participating marchers will be directed to their allocated seating area at the base of the Parade Ground by staff and volunteers after they fall out.

 

Where is the best location to watch the Veterans’ March?

The march can be viewed via the tiered seating areas on either side of the Parade Ground. Staff and volunteers will be stationed throughout the event precinct to direct spectators.

 

What time will the Veterans’ March conclude?

The length of the march will be determined by the final number of registered contingents. Following the march, the Anzac Day Address will be delivered by Afghanistan veteran Damien Thomlinson. Proceedings are expected to conclude no later than 11 am.

 

How many members from one family can march in the family contingent?

Relatives of veterans are welcomed participants, as a contingent marching behind the veterans. One family member may represent a single veteran and march as part of the family contingent. It is recommended that this representative is clearly identifiable by their relatives’ medals which should be worn on their right breast. This indicates the awards are not their own. Medal groups should not be broken up and worn by several family members.

 

What is the minimum age for a carer assisting a family member?

A carer may accompany a veteran who is participating in the march (up to two per veteran marching). Carers must be over the age of 18 and physically capable of assisting the veteran who is marching should they require support.

Due to the number of participants and general safety, prams and strollers are not permitted in the march.

 

What is the minimum age for a child marching?

To ensure the safety of all participants, it is recommended that any young people marching as part of the family contingent should be high-school aged and capable of keeping pace with the march.

 

Is there accessible parking and seating available?

There will be limited parking onsite for the use of mobility impaired visitors only, which will be filled on a first-come first-served basis in the western car park (adjacent to Campbell High School). Vehicles displaying a government issued disability parking permit will be granted access to park, and once full, vehicles can access to drop off and relocate their car, and pick up following the Veterans’ March.

Limited accessible seating for spectators will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Note, there will not be seating available for march participants as contingents form up on Anzac Parade, however they will be directed to allocated seating after they have marched across the Parade Ground.

 

What is the distance we are required to march?

Some contingents may be required to march over approximately one kilometre. Note, there will not be seating available as contingents form up on Anzac Parade, however they will be directed to allocated seating after they have marched across the Parade Ground.

 

What happens in the event of bad weather?

The Veterans’ March is conducted outdoors, dress to weather conditions.

In the event of inclement weather, the Veterans’ March will proceed as planned unless it is unsafe to do so.

 

For more information regarding Anzac Day commemorations at the Memorial, including the Dawn Service and Last Post Ceremony, visit www.awm.gov.au/anzac

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