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 and peace keeping operations.
Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance of enduring importance within Australia. It is an opportunity for veterans, current service men and women and the general public to pay their respects to those who have served our country.
Listen to a recording of the poem Anzac Cove, written by Australian poet Leon Gellert (1892–1977), who was among the AIF enlistees at Gallipoli in 1915:
Listen to a recording by Gareth McCray recounting events on the day of 25 April 1915.
Marking Anzac Day in 2022
At this point in time all Anzac Day commemorations across NSW can proceed as normal this year.
Under the current health advice and public health order of 10 March 2022, it is permissible to organise an outdoor Dawn Service, commemoration, or March with no limits on attendance numbers. There is no requirement for QR code check in, and the wearing of masks is only encouraged for indoor settings where you cannot maintain a safe distance from others.
Please refer to nsw.gov.au for full details, and the most current COVID-19 health advice.
There’s more than one way to commemorate on Anzac Day including:
- Attend a local service
- Stay at home to ‘light up the dawn’ at 6am
- Watch the ABC telecast from 4:00am
- Attend the NSW Anzac Day Dawn Service
- Attend the Sydney CBD Anzac Day March
- Attend the Anzac Day Commemoration Service
Local NSW Anzac Day events and services
There are many commemoration services held throughout NSW, organised by RSL NSW sub-Branches and with support from local councils and shires and thousands of volunteers.
For more information on how you can commemorate Anzac Day in your local area, click here.
Light Up the Dawn
Australians can again come together in their driveways, on their balconies, or in their living rooms at 6am to commemorate on Anzac Day. The RSL will produce an event pack which can be downloaded for use across the state.
More information is available on the Light Up the Dawn website.
NSW Anzac Day Dawn Service
The official NSW 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.
Like previous years, access to the ceremonial area of the Dawn Service will be via invitation, only invited guests will be allowed entry into the site via Pitt Street.
There are three general public viewing areas, open from 3:00am:
- Section 1: Entry via George Street, limited seating on a first come first served basis and standing room
- Section 1: Entry via Pitt Street, standing room only
- Section 2: Entry via Castlereagh Street, standing room only
People with a disability or limited mobility can register to access an accessible viewing area by emailing email@example.com. For any further enquiries please call (02) 9228 4613.
The Sydney CBD Anzac Day March
The NSW Government is working closely with RSL NSW to ensure that the Anzac Day March complies with appropriate social distancing, health, and safety requirements.
There are currently no limits on participant numbers for the Sydney CBD March in 2022. Marchers for the Sydney CBD March will need to register to participate by completing this form by 9 April 2022. More information can be found on the RSL NSW website here.
At this point in time there are no restrictions on spectators attending the Sydney CBD March in 2022.
The March takes place along Elizabeth Street in the Sydney CBD and there are many locations to view the March on both sides of Elizabeth Street. Limited spectator access will be available towards the intersection of Elizabeth Street and Liverpool Street, as the Marchers observe the Act of Remembrance adjacent to the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park South.
It is encouraged that spectators use public transport to travel to the Sydney CBD on Anzac Day. More information will be available on the Transport NSW website.
“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 (1879–1968)
Anzac Day Commemoration Service
The Anzac Day Commemoration Service commences at 12:30pm and is held on the northern forecourt of the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park and general public viewing areas are located around the Pool of Reflection.
For more information, click here.
Rosemary grows wild on the Gallipoli peninsula and a sprig of rosemary is worn every Anzac Day as a symbol of remembrance.
If you would like to secure Rosemary for your Anzac Day event, please contact Sydney Legacy on 02 9248 9000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commemorate on social media
A simple way to acknowledge the service and sacrifice of our veterans and current serving personnel is to post to your social media accounts, whether that be Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn or Twitter.
Below are some images you can use, and remember to include the hashtags: #anzacday2022, #lightupthedawn, #lestweforget, #anzacspirit.