ANZAC DAY IN ADELAIDE
RSL SA is responsible for the delivery of ANZAC Day activities in Adelaide through an ANZAC Day Committee 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:
- State RSL ANZAC Eve Youth Vigil
- Dawn Service
- ANZAC Day March
- Cross of Sacrifice Service
- ANZAC at Torrens Parade Ground
On the Day
ANZAC Eve Youth Vigils
The State RSL ANZAC Eve Youth Vigil at the South Australian National War Memorial commences at 6pm on 24th April and is maintained overnight until the Dawn Service.
Representatives from youth groups conduct a 12 hour vigil that concludes just prior to the Dawn Service.
The general public are invited to view the vigil and support the youth who are our custodians of the ANZAC traditions.
Overnight vigils are conducted by youth groups at other metropolitan and country memorials.
The Dawn Service is a tradition on ANZAC Day across Australia in country and metropolitan areas.
The Adelaide Dawn Service is held at the South Australian National War Memorial on the corner of Kintore Avenue and North Terrace and begins at 6.00am.
A number of RSL Sub-Branches and community organisations hold services on days other than ANZAC Day.
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 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).
It is important to note that the ANZAC Day March in Adelaide is a commemorative march and not a parade. Statement of the principles of the Adelaide ANZAC Day March includes information for descendants of deceased former members of Australian, New Zealand and allied/coalition forces.
Veterans, ex-service personnel, allies and Australian Defence Force units participate in the ANZAC Day March. The event is televised live on ABC Television.
Cross of Sacrifice Service
A Remembrance Service is held at the Cross of Sacrifice in Pennington Gardens, North Adelaide, from approximately 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.
ANZAC AT TORRENS PARADE GROUND
The RSL thanks the visitors, veterans, family, ADF, volunteers and members of the public who gathered after the March at the Torrens Parade Ground to meet up with mates and enjoy food and refreshments. Volunteers from ex-service organisations and ADF units served drinks and food to raise funds for their groups.
A massed pipe band played on the lawns and there were displays of militaria by the Bush Artillery. RSL thanks BankSA, CUB, TOLL, Vilis and all the unit associations that made it a great day.