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.

Dawn services, wreath laying, marches and commemorative services are held across Sydney and NSW. All are welcome, with the main Dawn Service held in Martin Place at The Cenotaph, which was sculpted by Sir Bertram Mackennal and unveiled in 1929. The Cenotaph service begins at 4.30am.

Giant image of a soldier bowing his head, ANZAC Day, Sydney

Dawn services at memorials offer 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.

For a list of all services, visit the Returned Services League NSW’s website. The main ANZAC Day March in Sydney starts at 9am, on the corner of Elizabeth Street and Martin Place, above the train station. The Act of Remembrance is observed as marchers pass the ANZAC Memorial in Hyde Park.

The bronze sculpture Sacrifice in the ANZAC Memorial, Hyde Park

The main Commemoration Service is from 12.30pm at the ANZAC Memorial, next to the Pool of Reflection. In the Hall of Silence is the evocative bronze sculpture Sacrifice. The official ANZAC Day commemorations conclude in the evening with the short Sunset Service, from 5pm at the Cenotaph.

Another time-honoured ANZAC Day tradition is two-up games in pubs and clubs across NSW. Its association with the day originates from WWI, when Australians played two-up in the trenches and on troop ships. One of the biggest outdoor games is at the Australian Heritage Hotel in The Rocks.

Other popular two-up games include the Light Brigade Hotel in Woollahra and the Hotel Steyne in beachside Manly. You can also honour Australian servicemen and women at the ANZAC Day Cup rugby league match between the Roosters and the Dragons at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

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