17 April 2018
April 25th marks the day on which Australians come together to commemorate all men and women who fought for the country since the First World War – it is the anniversary of the landing of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli in 1915. This year also marks 102 years since the first Sydney commemoration of ANZAC.
Remember to abide by the agreed guidelines and directions of volunteer marshals at each of the important services and events to ensure the day is dignified and respectful.
Read on to find out where you can pay your respects to the courageous ANZAC soldiers in Sydney this ANZAC Day.
The Cenotaph in Martin Place will hold an ANZAC Day service that will begin at 4:30am, where thousands will gather to pay their respects. The event includes a catafalque contingent, an Ode of Remembrance, Last Post bugle call, a minute’s silence, a Reveille played on a bugle, and the laying of wreaths to remember and honour the fallen soldiers.
During the conclusion of the ANZAC Day March, a commemoration service will be held at the ANZAC Memorial, Hyde Park, adjacent to the Pool of Remembrance at 12:30pm. The ANZAC Day Commemoration Service is an impressive dedication to ANZAC, usually attended by prominent political leaders, senior service representatives, invited guests and members of the community.
This year, support will be provided by cadets from The Scots College, and a choir accompanied by the NSW Police Concert Band.
The ANZAC Sunset Service Ceremony will bring a conclusion to the official ANZAC Day Commemorations in Sydney. The short event will start at the Cenotaph, Martin Place at 5pm, accompanied by the NSW Ambulance Service Band, and followed by the lowering of flags.
Join the ANZAC Day March to remember those who fought for Australia, allowing participating veterans and the general public an opportunity to honour those who served in defence of Australia or its interests. The order of the March will be: WWII Navy/WWII Army/ WWII Air Force – Navy/Army/Air Force – Civilians in support of Australian Troops – Descendants of Australian Veterans – Commonwealth Troops-Allies. Beginning at 9am at the intersection of Martin Place and Elizabeth Street, the March will travel down Elizabeth Street, and will finish at Liverpool Street at the end of Hyde Park.
Another time-honoured ANZAC Day tradition is two-up games in clubs and pubs across NSW. Two-up is a traditional Australian gambling game with wartime beginnings. The tradition involves a designated “spinner” throwing two coins or pennies into the air, and players making bets on whether the coins will fall with one coin landing heads and one coin landing tails (known as odds), or whether the coins will fall with both heads (obverse) up. Its association with ANZAC Day originates from WWI, when Australians played two-up in the trenches, and on troop ships.
Each year on ANZAC Day, Australians honour this tradition across the country. One of the biggest outdoor games is at the Australian Heritage Hotel in The Rocks. You can also visit Dick’s Hotel in Balmain, the Light Brigade Hotel in Woollahra, and the Hotel Steyne in beachside Manly.