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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 2017 London services

On Tuesday 25th April 2017, commemorative ceremonies in London are:

Dawn Service, Australian War Memorial, Hyde Park Corner
Wreath Laying Ceremony and Parade, The Cenotaph
Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving, Westminster Abbey

5.00am: Dawn Service
Location: Australian War Memorial, Hyde Park Corner
The main service will take place in front of the Australian War Memorial at Hyde Park Corner. The service will be approximately 45 minutes in length and is open to the public. Tickets are not required to attend. Entry will be from the Green Park side of Hyde Park Corner only and arrival is suggested from 4.00am.

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. Wreaths are then laid by representatives of the UK government, High Commissioners and Ambassadors, as well as representatives from various service and ex-service organisations.
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 must be seated by 11.45am and the service will last approximately one hour.

Ticket applications for the Wreath Laying Ceremony and Parade at the Cenotaph and the Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey have now closed.

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