This year Saturday 25 April 2015 marks the 100th Anniversary of landing of Anzac troops at Gallipoli. On this day the Australian War Memorial will be hosting two ceremonies of national significance to commemorate the courage and sacrifice of those who have served Australia during periods of war and peace.
At the Memorial, the Anzac Day National Ceremony commences at 10.15 am. Each year the ceremony follows a format that is familiar to generations of Australians.
The National Ceremony begins with the traditional order of service, including the National Anthem, the Commemorative Address, the laying of wreaths, the reading of hymns, the sounding of the Last Post, and observance of one minute’s silence. In 2015 the Commemorative Address will be delivered by the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd).
The ceremony also includes a veterans’ march, to be reviewed by the governor-general.
9.00 am Ticket-holders admitted to seating 10.15am National Ceremony commences 10.45 am Veterans’ march commences 11.45 am (approx.) Veterans’ march concludes 12.30 pm (approx.) National Ceremony concludes 12.45 pm (approx.) Memorial opens
Order of service
- National Anzac Day Ceremony address, delivered by His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia.
Please note that the Memorial grounds can be uneven, and depending on weather may be slippery underfoot. We therefore advise caution when entering the Memorial grounds or seating and when moving around the site, particularly with the size of the crowd in attendance.
- Large numbers are expected; members of the general public should arrive from 8.30 am. Ticket-holders should be in their seats by 9.45 am.
- Members of the general public are welcome to bring their own seats or rugs.
- Memorial volunteers will be roaming the site distributing poppies for a donation.
- The Memorial will open after the ceremony at approximately 12.45 pm.
Anzac Day Veterans’ March
For enquiries about participating in the Anzac Day Veterans’ March, please contact the ACT Branch of the Returned and Services League.
Each year the seating for the National Ceremony is primarily allocated for the benefit of the veterans’ groups who participate in the RSL march. Other seating is provided for invited guests, dignitaries, Friends of the Memorial, and members of the general public. In this centenary year there has been a marked increase in the numbers of both veterans requesting to take part in the RSL march and visitors wishing to attend and view the National Ceremony.
Please note: due to the increased demand, all reserved seats for the Anzac Day National Ceremony have now been allocated.
Members of the public are still more than welcome to attend the ceremony and view it from outside the reserved seating or on one of the many large screens around the Memorial grounds. Please note that the grounds can be uneven and depending on the weather may be slippery underfoot. We advise caution when entering or moving around the site or seating.
Access to reserved seating is via designated access points. All ticket-holders must present their tickets upon arrival. Reserved seating will be designated by coloured seating bands, and access to the seating is restricted to those with tickets.
Members of the public are welcome to position themselves outside the reserved seating. There will be large screens located around the Memorial grounds to assist members of the public to safely view the ceremony.
Facilities and amenities
- Information points are located around the site.
- First-Aid services and ambulance services are located around the site.
- Please note: the Memorial is unable to loan wheelchairs for public use.
- Poppies, candles, and programs are available for a donation.
- Public toilets:
- Poppy’s Café has public facilities available.
- Temporary toilets are located around the site.
- Poppy’s Café will be open from 6.00 am and will be operating pop-up food and beverage stands around the Memorial grounds. Poppy's will remain open during the National Ceremony. Due to the large number of visitors expected on that day, Poppy’s will not be accepting bookings.
- Water is available from Poppy’s Café.
Gallipoli Dawn Service broadcast
The Dawn Service held at Anzac Cove on Gallipoli will be broadcast live at the Memorial in the afternoon of 25 April 2015. This can be viewed via the large screens located in the Sculpture Garden and on the Western Lawn. Limited seating is available, and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. There is plenty of space and members of the public are welcome to bring their own chairs to view the service. Please ask staff on the day for the screening time.
Last Post Ceremony
The daily Last Post Ceremony will commence at 4.45 pm in the Memorial’s Commemorative Area. All members of the public are welcome to attend the ceremony.
It is anticipated that there will be greater than normal attendance at this Last Post Ceremony. The ceremony will be broadcast live via webcam on the Memorial’s website.
In commemoration of the centenary of the landings on Gallipoli, members of both the Australian Defence Force and the Turkish Armed Forces will participate in the ceremony.
Photographs from recent National Ceremonies