How to commemorate ANZAC Day in Australia and Greece

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Australians and New Zealanders will stop to commemorate ANZAC Day this week in honour of those who have served and died in military operations throughout history.

ANZAC Day is commemorated on April 25 every year and this year, it falls on a Thursday. Serving as a public holiday, whenever the day falls on a weekend, it is still commemorated on a weekday (Monday or Friday of the respective week).

Why is ANZAC Day on April 25?

It’s the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand armed forces during World War I. 

On April 25, 1915, ANZAC soldiers landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula. The ultimate objective was to capture Constantinople (now Istanbul), which was the capital of the then-Ottoman Empire. This was when Australia and New Zealand were fighting as part of the Commonwealth for Britain, which had declared war against Germany. More than 8,000 Australian soldiers died during the campaign.

An Anzac Day dawn service is a moving, sombre event. (ABC News: Jordan Hayne)
An Anzac Day dawn service is a moving, sombre event. Photo: ABC News/Jordan Hayne.

How is Anzac Day commemorated?

There are many traditions associated with the day, but the two key events are a memorial service at dawn and a march later in the day. 

Dawn services are symbolic of the time ANZAC forces originally landed on the shores of Gallipoli. These ceremonies typically involve the laying of floral wreaths, a moment of silence and a rendition of The Last Post — which is a specific tune played on a bugle. 

Later in the day, former and current military personnel and family representatives march in a parade and gather with the public for a formal memorial service. Anyone can go to the public services, which are typically held in central areas. 

Greek and Cypriot contingents will also be taking part in the marches across Australia this year.

ABC TV and ABC NEWS channel will broadcast the Gallipoli Dawn Service live from 12:30pm AEST, the Villers-Bretonneux Dawn Service from 1:30pm AEST and the governor-general’s address from 6:55pm AEST.

This year, Anzac Day falls on a Thursday. ABC News: Eleni Curry.
This year, Anzac Day falls on a Thursday. Photo: ABC News/ Eleni Curry.

Capital city broadcasts

Every capital city will have live TV coverage of a local march, however coverage of capital city dawn services varies.

Sydney

The Sydney Dawn Service will be broadcast live on ABC TV, ABC NEWS channel, ABC iview, ABC Radio Sydney, ABC Radio NSW and on the ABC listen app from 4:20am (AEST). The Sydney March will be broadcast on ABC TV and ABC iview from 9am (AEST).

Melbourne

The Melbourne March which will include Dawn Service highlights and will be broadcast on ABC TV and ABC iview from 9am to 12pm (AEST). The Melbourne Dawn Service will be broadcast live on ABC Radio Melbourne and on the ABC listen app from 5.30am.

More than 5000 people turned up for the Anzac Day dawn service remembrance ceremony at Monro Park in Cronulla.
More than 5000 people turned up for the Anzac Day dawn service remembrance ceremony at Monro Park in Cronulla years ago. Photo: The Leader.

Canberra

The Canberra Dawn Service will be broadcast live on ABC TV, ABC NEWS channel, ABC iview, Radio National, ABC Local Radio and on the ABC listen app from 5.30am (AEST).

Hobart

The Hobart March will be broadcast live between 11am and 12.30pm (AEST) on ABC TV and ABC iview. This will include highlights of the Hobart Dawn Service.

Perth

The Perth March will be broadcast live between 9am and 10:30am (AWST) on ABC TV and ABC iview. This will include highlights of the Perth Dawn Service.

Adelaide

The Adelaide Dawn Service will be broadcast live on ABC TV, ABC iview, ABC Radio Adelaide, ABC Radio SA and on the ABC listen app from 6am to 7am (CST). The Adelaide March will be broadcast on ABC TV and ABC iview from 9am to 12pm (CST) and will include highlights of the Adelaide Dawn Service.

Brisbane

The Brisbane March will be broadcast live between 10am and 12.30pm (AEST) on ABC TV and ABC iview. 

Darwin

The Darwin Dawn Service will be broadcast live on ABC TV, ABC iview, ABC Radio Darwin, ABC Radio NT and on the ABC listen app from 6am to 7am (CST). The Darwin March will be broadcast on ABC TV from 9am to 10am (CST).

All Anzac Day TV programming will be added to the Australia Remembers collection on ABC iview.

The Australian Embassy in Athens will organise an event of remembrance and honour at the Phaleron Allied War Cemetery.
The Australian Embassy in Athens will organise an event of remembrance and honour at the Phaleron Allied War Cemetery.

Commemorations across Greece

Lemnos

Greece’s Defence Minister, Nikos Dendias will represent the Greek Government at this year’s ANZAC Day celebrations in Lemnos on Friday, April 26.

The celebrations are being organised by the Regional Unit of Lemnos. A memorial service will be held by Metropolitan Ierotheos of Lemnos at both the Allied cemetery of Mudros and Portianos, followed by the laying of wreaths, greetings and speeches.

Athens

The Australian Embassy in Athens will organise an event of remembrance to honour the ANZACs at the Phaleron Allied War Cemetery on Thursday, April 25.

Source: ABC News and LimnosReport.gr.

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