Commemorate Anzac Day in 2016 in Canberra
Crowds gather to commemorate the Dawn Service at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra for Anzac Day

Anzac Day in Canberra

Take part in the national Anzac Day ceremony, held on April 25 every year at the Australian War Memorial. The day commemorates the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. Traditionally, the day begins with a Dawn Service which is televised live and shown on large LED screens at the Memorial. In commemoration and respect of the ties between nations, the Memorial’s traditional Closing Ceremony often features stories of both Australian and foreign soldiers.

The Closing Ceremony continues as a daily tradition throughout the year at the War Memorial and is a moving commemoration you can experience.  

First World War commemorations

At night, see the name of each of the 62,000 Australians who gave their lives during the First World War projected onto the Memorial. Each name appears for 30 seconds on 19 occasions over a four year period until November 2018. As part of the Roll of Honour Soundscapes project, Australian school children have recorded the name and age of each of the 62,000 Australians who died during the First World War. You can hear the names read out in the First World War section of the Commemorative Area throughout the Centenary period from 2014-18.




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