ANZAC Day in Sydney
ANZAC Day on April 25 is a national day of remembrance and commemoration. This solemn day remembers all Australians who have served and died in war and on operational service. The 25th marks the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps 1915 landing at Gallipoli, Turkey in World War I.
The ANZAC Day service
Initially, ANZAC Day was a day to remember those who served in WWI. However now the date has become a day to remember all Australians and New Zealanders who have served in conflicts across the globe. The acronym ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.
Dawn services, wreath laying, veteran marches and commemorative services are held across Sydney and NSW. The main Dawn Service is held at 04:30am in Martin Place at The Cenotaph, which was sculpted by Sir Bertram Mackennal and unveiled in 1929.
The dawn service offers quiet contemplation, accompanied by the bugle call of the Last Post and The Ode of Remembrance, an excerpt from English poet Laurence Binyon's moving poem, For the Fallen, which was first published in The Times in 1914. The Ode is from the fourth stanza:
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We shall remember them.
ANZAC Day March
Sydney's ANZAC Day March begins at 9am at the intersection of Martin Place and Elizabeth Street, finishing at the end of Hyde Park at Liverpool Street at approximately 12.30pm. Participating in the March will be WWII veterans followed by Navy/Army/Air Force, civilians in support of Australian Troops, descendants of Australian veterans, Commonwealth and allies.
Another time-honoured ANZAC Day tradition is two-up games. Its association with the day originates from WWI, when Australians played two-up in the trenches and on troop ships. The game involves three or more players, with a designated "spinner" throwing two coins or pennies into the air and players guessing which side the coins will fall.