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Anzac Day

Anzac Day

Anzac Day is an important special community event celebrated in Australia on April 25. Millions of Australians commemorate the anniversary of the first significant military pairing of Australian and New Zealand forces fighting together during the First World War.

In addition, veterans and participants of peacekeeping operations and conflicts are also honoured during this national event.

Anzac Day 2024 Public Holiday Date & Shrine Dawn Service

Like all other cities in Australia, Melbourne celebrates this day to pay homage to some of the bravest veterans who have lived and died serving their country. The event’s name comes from the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, also known as ANZAC.

Australia and New Zealand observe this event every year, and this special day is marked by a public holiday. The Australian Government and all members of the public honour past and serving members on this prestigious day.

The Melbourne Anzac Day March is a special event that veterans have always embraced. Victorian veterans will march back to the Shrine of Remembrance along St Kilda Road. The march will be live-streamed on the Shrine website and their social media channels.

The Anzac Day commemorations are traditionally scheduled as follows:
Dawn Service – held in the Shrine Forecourt
ANZAC Day march – Thousands of veterans, their descendants and current serving personnel will march down St Kilda Road, starting at the intersection of Flinders and Swanston Streets and concluding at the Shrine of Remembrance
Commemorative Service – After the march, a service usually takes place in the Shrine Forecourt

Thousands flock to the Shrine for the Dawn Service, so attendees are advised to plan their day accordingly and take public transport to Flinders Street Station. From Flinders Street, the Shrine is only a short 10-minute (1.2km) walk.

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