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ANZAC - Australian and New Zealand Army Corps

ANZAC Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. It is the day we remember all Australians who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.

The spirit of ANZAC, with its human qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance for our sense of national identity.

On ANZAC day, ceremonies are held in towns and cities across the nation to acknowledge the service of our veterans. In Canberra, the Memorial, in close cooperation with RSL ACT, hosts the Dawn Service and the National ANZAC Day Ceremony. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commemorative Ceremony will be held after the ANZAC Day Dawn Service at the Aboriginal Memorial plaque on the side of Mount Ainslie.

We are proud to commemorate ANZAC Day in the UK by holding Services in Central London.

ANZAC Day 2016 London services

On Monday 25th April 2016, commemorative ceremonies in London are:

Dawn Service at Wellington Arch,
Wreath Laying Ceremony and Parade at The Cenotaph
Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey

5.00am: Dawn Service
Location: Wellington Arch, Hyde Park Corner
The main service will take place in front of the Royal Artillery Memorial on Hyde Park Corner. The service lasts approximately 45 minutes and is a non-ticketed event open to the public.

In 2016, the only entry point for the public will be at the Green Park/south-east corner. Access to the site will be from 3.30am onwards. There will be a search regime in place, so please do not bring large bags with you. We recommend you arrive early in order to secure the best viewpoint.

11.00am: Wreath Laying Ceremony and Parade
Location: The Cenotaph, Whitehall
Following a march onto Whitehall a requiem is read and at 11.00am the High Commissioners for Australia and New Zealand will lay the first wreaths.
Arrival by 10.30am is recommended. The service will conclude at approximately 11.15am allowing time for the short walk to Westminster Abbey.

12.00pm: Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving
Location: Westminster Abbey
The Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving to mark Anzac Day commences at 12.00 noon. Guests need to be seated by 11.45am and the service will last approximately one hour.

Tickets are no longer available for the Wreath Laying Ceremony and Parade at the Cenotaph and for the Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey as we have now reached capacity at both services.

To those who applied prior to 12 noon on Wednesday 13th April 2016, if you have not already received your tickets they will be posted out shortly.

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