Anzac Day

Anzac Day

The 25th of April was officially named Anzac Day in 1916 to mark the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. With the coming of the Second World War, Anzac Day also served to commemorate the lives of Australians who died in that war. The meaning of Anzac Day today includes the remembrance of all Australians killed in military operations.

Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance of enduring importance within Australia. It is now arguably our nation’s most significant day, a permanent memorial in the national consciousness to the contribution of Australian service personnel in all wars.

Marking Anzac Day in 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way Australians can commemorate  Anzac Day. RSL NSW has worked with the NSW Government to ensure commemorations can take place across the state this year, in accordance with current NSW Health advice and outdoor event guidelines. Visit for more information.

Local NSW Anzac Day events and services

You can search for information on your local Anzac Day commemorations at

The Sydney Dawn Service

Sydney's Dawn Service is held at the Cenotaph in Martin Place at 4.30am which is believed to have been the approximate time at which the first Australians waded ashore at Anzac Cove.

To align with the Public Health Order, spectator space is limited so the Dawn Service will be a free, ticketed event for members of the public. Tickets will be released on Monday 12th April 2021 from 10am on a first come, first serve basis until the allocation is exhausted. A maximum of 2 tickets will be available per registration. Please pre-register your interest in attending the Service at

People with a disability or limited mobility can register to access an accessible viewing area by contacting For any further enquiries please call (02) 9513 2009.

The Sydney CBD Anzac Day March

Ten thousand marchers are able to participate in the Sydney CBD March on Anzac Day including:

  • Current serving members and veterans of the Australian Defence Force
  • Descendants of the Australian Defence Force
  • Veterans of a Commonwealth or Allied Force and their descendants
  • Banner and banner parties
  • Bands (invites to be extended by RSL NSW)

RSL NSW is required to collect the names and contact details of all marchers for COVID-19 contact tracing purposes. The Secretaries of all unit/ship/squadron/association must register their intention for their association to march.  

More information can be found at RSLNSW - Sydney CBD March

Spectators are welcome to attend the event if they are feeling well. The spectator areas along the march route will be managed by NSW Police and other agencies of the NSW Government agencies. Attendees will be required to check-in via QR codes on the day at the event and maintain social distancing.

If you have any questions about 2021 Anzac Day commemorations in NSW please contact or contact your local RSL sub-Branch


“Anzac stood, and still stands, for reckless valour in a good cause, for enterprise, resourcefulness, fidelity, comradeship, and endurance that will never own defeat.”

(Charles Edwin Woodrow Bean)