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ANZAC Day is held annually on April 25th and includes commemorations across the country at dedicated war memorials and RSL Sub-Branches. In 2018 ANZAC Day is Wednesday 25th April.

RSL SA/NT is responsible for the delivery of ANZAC Day activities in the city in partnership with the City of Adelaide and the South Australian Government.

The ANZAC period features commemorations, displays, exhibitions, reunions, sporting activities and the ANZAC Appeal.

ANZAC Day in Adelaide includes the following activities:

  • Youth Vigil
  • Dawn Service
  • ANZAC Day March
  • Cross of Sacrifice Service
  • ANZAC at Torrens Parade Ground
Anzac Day in Pennington Gardens, 1923. SLSA [PRG 280/1/35/83]
Anzac Day in Pennington Gardens, 1923. SLSA [PRG 280/1/35/83]

On the Day

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Dawn Service

The Dawn Service is a tradition on ANZAC Day across Australia in country and metropolitan areas.

In Adelaide the service is held at the State National War Memorial on the corner of Kintore Avenue and North Terrace and begins at 6.00am.

Other Services

A number of RSL Sub-branches hold services later in the day, and some hold services before ANZAC Day. Closer to the ANZAC period more extensive details will be made available for viewing.

ANZAC Eve Youth Vigils

Overnight vigils are conducted at memorials by youth groups. Further details of locations and timings will be available closer to ANZAC Day.

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ANZAC Day March

The ANZAC Day March traditionally commences at 9.30am from North Terrace, Adelaide, from the SA National War Memorial, and turns right onto King William Road. The new tramway extension may affect forming up locations, viewing points and access. More information will be provided when the project is completed.  The march concludes at the Cross of Sacrifice in Pennington Gardens, North Adelaide.  Spectators are invited to line both North Terrace and King William Road (between North Terrace and the Adelaide Bridge).  ABC Television will also provide a live telecast of the March

It is important to note that the ANZAC Day March in Adelaide is a commemorative march and not a parade. A Statement of the principles of the Adelaide ANZAC Day March can be found here and includes information for descendants of deceased former members of Australian, New Zealand and allied/coalition forces.

Up to 6,000 people are expected to participate in the ANZAC Day March and it will feature a large contingent of Australian Defence Force units. The event is televised live on ABC Television.  It is important that all participants are aware of their allocated Group Number and Assembly Areas.

 

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Cross of Sacrifice Service

A Remembrance Service is held at the Cross of Sacrifice in Pennington Gardens, North Adelaide, from 11.30am, immediately after the ANZAC Day March concludes.   

This service provides a significant finale to the commemorations, with the Dawn Service representing a funeral, the March representing the walk to the grave site and the service at the Cross of Sacrifice representing the burial.

The Cross of Sacrifice Memorial stands in gardens opposite St Peters Cathedral.  The gardens contain the Cross of Sacrifice, a memorial to the men who died during the Great War (WWI) of 1914 – 1920.  The foundation stone for the cross memorial was laid on August 4 1920.  The memorial is 11.6m high, made of Tea Tree Gully stone, and on the face is the Crusader’s Sword.  At the far end of the garden is the Stone of Remembrance with engraving that states ‘Their Name Liveth For Evermore’.  This stone was laid in 1923 and is made of Palmer marble. An Ataturk Tribute and Eternal Flame also feature in the garden.

The general public are welcome to attend this service.