Anzac Day 2014

Date: Friday, 25 April 2014
Location: Various locations
Website: www.rslnsw.org.au/commemoration/anzac/index.html

Anzac Day is a national day of commemorating soldiers who lost their lives in the First World War. The Anzacs or Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, landed on the shores of Gallipoli in 1917, where the soldiers demonstrated extreme courage,  sacrifice and mateship. So, in 1916, the 25 April was officially named Anzac Day. 

The first official dawn service was held at the Sydney Cenotaph, Martin Place in 1927, which was also the first year that all states recognised this day as a public holiday.

Dawn Service:

The service at the Sydney Cenotaph begins at 4.30am, followed by the Anzac Day March at 9am. These are free events which include a Catafalque contingent, Ode of Remembrance, Last Post bugle call, a minute's silence, a Reveille played on a bugle and the laying of wreaths.

How to get there:

All public transport will provide free travel to veterans and their families on Anzac Day.  Visit the Returned and Services League of Australia (RSL) website for more details about eligibility. To plan your trip using public transport visit the transportnsw.info trip planner and, if you are driving, check the Live Traffic NSW website for up to date delays and updates.

Regional commemorations:

Throughout NSW, RSL sub-Branches will be holding services to commemorate Anzac Day.

The Nyngan Anzac Day races takes place at the Nyngan Jockey Club. Dungog Shire will hold a march and, in Goulburn, there will be an Anzac day breakfast for those who attended the Dawn Service, at the Remembrance Wall in Belmore Park.

For a full list of commemorative activities taking place across the state, visit the RSL website.

Department of Premier and Cabinet