On Friday, April 25, the ANZAC Day Services Melbourne 2014 begin with the Dawn Service at the Shrine of Remembrance at 6:00am.
"ANZAC is not merely about loss. It is about courage, and endurance, and duty, and love of country, and mateship, and good humour and the survival of a sense of self-worth and decency in the face of dreadful odds." - Sir William Deane, Governor-General, ANZAC Day 1999
There are a number of services and events throughout the day. Extra viewing screens will be installed around the Shrine Reserve due to anticipated numbers and in the Visitor Entrance Courtyard for people with disabilities.
- Dawn Service at the Shrine of Remembrance 6:00am (be there 4:30am)
- ANZAC Day March 9:00am (down St Kilda Road, starting at Flinders & Swanston Streets)
- Commemorative Service 1:00pm. (Shrine forecourt)
- Ray of Light Ceremony - every half hour following the Commemorative Service
Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. Commemorative services are held at dawn, the time of the original landings at Gallipoli and, later in the day, ex-servicemen and women meet and join in marches through the major cities and many smaller townships around the country. It is a day when Australians reflect on war, and peace, and on those who paid the ultimate sacrifice so we could continue living in a free country.
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 will remember them.
Here is a link for information on public transport. If you are visiting Melbourne for the Anzac Day service(s) and/or looking for a relaxing long weekend, Rydges Melbourne and Rydges on Swanston can look after all your accommodation needs.