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 service and sacrifice of those who have served Australia during periods of war and peace.
At the Australian War Memorial, the Anzac Day National Ceremony takes place at 10.15 am. Each year the ceremony follows a format that is familiar to generations of Australians.
The National Ceremony commences with the traditional order of service including the National Anthem, Commemorative Address, laying of wreaths, hymns, sounding of The Last Post and observance of one minute’s silence. In 2015 the Commemorative Address will be delivered by the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Ret’d).
The ceremony also includes a march past of veterans, who this year will 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
Please note that the Memorial grounds service is uneven and weather dependant may be slippery underfoot, therefore we advise caution when entering the Memorial grounds or seating and when moving around the site, particularly with the high volume of 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
- Poppy sellers will be roaming the site distributing poppies for a donation
- The Memorial will open after the ceremony at approximately 12.45 pm
Anzac Day 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 veteran 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 significant centenary year there has been a marked increase in both the number of veterans requesting to take part in the RSL march and also from 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 are uneven and weather dependant may be slippery underfoot, therefore 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 located around the site
- First Aid Services and Ambulance
- Please note, the Memorial is unable to loan wheelchairs for public use
- Poppies, Candles and Programs are available for donations
- Public Toilets
- Poppy’s Café
- Temporary toilets
- Poppy’s Café will remain open during the ceremony
- Water available from Poppy's Café
Gallipoli Dawn Service broadcast
The Dawn Service from Anzac Cove in Gallipoli will be broadcast in the afternoon live at the Memorial. This can be viewed from 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 Commemorative Area. All members of the public are welcome to attend the ceremony.
It is anticipated that there will be greater than normal number of people attending the Last Post Ceremony. The ceremony will be broadcast live daily 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 Defence force will participate during the ceremony.
Photographs from recent National Ceremonies