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Anzac Day Dawn Service at the Australian War Memorial 2017

The Australian War Memorial is proud to host Anzac Day commemorations annually on 25 April. Every year, thousands of people join together to pay tribute to and remember those who have served. Learn more about the commemorations that take place on Anzac Day at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

Anzac Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. It is the day on which we remember all Australians who served and died in war and on operational service past and present.  The spirit of Anzac, with its qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance for our sense of national identity.

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Dawn Service

Reflect on their service in those quiet, peaceful moments before dawn.

Anzac Day Breakfast

Anzac Day Breakfast

Following the Dawn Service, a breakfast event will be held in the Memorial's Anzac Hall at 6.30 am.

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National Ceremony

The Ceremony includes the veteran’s march, laying of wreaths, the sounding of the Last Post, and observance of one minute’s silence.

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The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commemorative Ceremony

Honouring those Indigenous Australians who have served in the Australian forces since 1901.

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Last Post Ceremony

A special Last Post Ceremony is held each year for Anzac Day, concluding the day's commemorations.

Frequently asked questions about Anzac Day at the Australian War Memorial
Anzac Day FAQ

More Information

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The Anzac Day Tradition

Discover the history and origins of this important national day.

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Centenary of the First World War

Find out what the Memorial is doing for the Centenary of the First World War.

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Education resource

A Very Special Day is a resource for lower-primary schools, looking at how Australians remember: the symbols, ceremonies, objects and stories that tell us about the past.

Anzac Connections project

Anzac Connections

The private record collections of hundreds of individuals who served in the First World War are now online as part of the Anzac Connections project. The project was established to mark the 2015 centenary of the Gallipoli campaign but has since expanded to include collections relating to the Western Front and Sinai/Palestine. Explore their stories through our digitised collections.

Photographs taken at Gallipoli DURING THE ANZAC LANDINGS

A view looking aft of lifeboat carrying unidentified men of the Australian 1st Divisional Signal Company as they are towed towards Anzac Cove at 6 am on the day of the landing.

Boats carrying troops to shore on the morning of the Anzac Cove landing. General Bridges is in foreground.

A boatload of 6th Battalion soldiers leaving the transport ship HMT Galeka on their way to land at Anzac Cove.

Members of 13th Battalion, AIF, occupying Quinn's Post on the heights above Anzac Cove.

The position covering Quinn's Post and the Chessboard on the Gallipoli Peninsula occupied by the 7th Battalion Machine Gun section, which was operating apart from the 7th Infantry Battalion, the latter being somewhere to the right.

Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, Australian Imperial Force, awaiting orders from the southern edge below Plugges Plateau.

Australian troops going into action across Plugge's Plateau after the landing on 25 April at about midday. 

The first field dressing station of the 7th Battalion, AIF. It was a natural hole in Monash Gully and many early wounded were treated there.

Learn more about commemoration ceremonies at the Australian War Memorial
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