With Anzac Day only a few weeks away, the Australian War Memorial is encouraging people to prepare for the 108th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing.
Large crowds are expected at the Dawn Service and ACT Returned and Services League Veterans’ March on Tuesday 25 April, which will be reviewed by His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia.
More than 120 veterans who served as part of 1993 peacekeeping operations in Somalia will march with the Governor-General, who commanded 1RAR Battalion Group in Operation SOLACE. Australia’s involvement will feature in a photographic exhibition which is on display at the Memorial from 17 April to 8 May.
“We encourage everyone to attend these special ceremonies at the Australian War Memorial. Anzac Day means so much to so many people and it is a comfort to commemorate together,” Memorial Director Matt Anderson said.
The proceedings will start early on 25 April, with images from the National Collection displayed from 3:30 am, readings from the letters and diaries of Australian servicemen at 4:30 am, and the dawn service commencing at 5:30 am.
Large screens for public viewing will be set up on Reid Oval, across from Limestone Avenue.
After the Dawn Service, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Veterans and Services Association (ATSIVSA) Commemorative Ceremony will be held at 7:30 am at the For Our Country memorial in the Sculpture Garden.
“We will honour all First Nations Peoples who have served in defence of country on Anzac Day,” Indigenous Liaison Officer Michael Bell said.
“It is appropriate to conduct this ceremony at the For Our Country memorial as it is a ceremonial and inclusive memorial that gives First Nations People a focal point for commemoration on this important day.”
The Veteran’s March will commence at 9:30 am, starting on Anzac Parade at the intersection of Blamey Crescent and Currong Street. It will continue up West Road, through the grounds of the Memorial, passing the Stone of Remembrance before the Governor-General delivers the Anzac Day Address.
Road closures will be in effect from 8 pm Monday 24 April to approximately 4.30 pm Tuesday 25 April. Limestone and Fairbairn Avenues, and Anzac Parade north of the Blamey Crescent and Currong Street intersection, will be affected.
Limited parking is available onsite with priority given to vehicles displaying a government-issued Mobility Parking Permit.
Complimentary shuttle bus services for the Dawn Service and the Veterans’ March will be available from the Canberra Centre and Russell Offices. Details can be found at www.awm.gov.au/anzac.