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ANZAC DAY

ANZAC Day is observed annually on April 25th, the anniversary of the Dardanelles Campaign Landing in 1915, and traditionally includes commemorations across the country at dedicated war memorials, community precincts and RSL Sub-Branches. ANZAC Day is honoured with a national public holiday. Monday 25th April 2022 is ANZAC Day and will be a public holiday in South Australia and the Northern Territory.

Public health is the prime consideration in this extraordinary time of world-wide COVID-19 health restrictions. Due to the uncertainty of what Covid-19 regulations may apply no firm indications can be given on 2022 commemorative activities.

ANZAC Eve Youth Vigil

Young people from community groups maintain an overnight vigil at the SA National War Memorial. 2022 details will be released closer to the date.

Adelaide Dawn Service

2022 details will be released closer to the date.

Adelaide ANZAC Day March

2022 details will be released closer to the date.

It is important to note that the ANZAC Day March in Adelaide is a commemorative march and not a parade. 2021 Statement of March Principles

Service of Remembrance

Traditionally a Service of Remembrance is held at the Cross of Sacrifice in Pennington Gardens, North Adelaide, immediately after the ANZAC Day March concludes.

2022 details will be released closer to the date.

 

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.

ANZAC ON TORRENS

2022 details will be released closer to the date.

Regional & Metropolitan Services

2022 details will be released closer to the date by local, regional and metropolitan commemoration organisers.

Commemorating Privately

As a result of Covid restrictions the RSL encouraged people to Light Up the Dawn and pay respects differently. This took several forms including from homes, driveways and a balconies. People spread the word and took it to their neighbourhoods.

Thank you to Australia for embracing Light Up The Dawn with such respect and magnitude. We were separate but united to remember generations of service, sacrifice and the servicewomen and servicemen serving in our name now.

Remembrance of service and sacrifice are important to our society. If you are unable to commemorate publicly you may choose to pay respects in your own personal way.                                       

  • Light Up the Dawn commemoration from your own home or with neighbours. Listen and watch media broadcasts and online coverage. For a guide to format your own service at home see below. Light Up The Dawn Supporter Merchandise is now available for individual and neighbourhood involvement.

  • Visiting a local war memorial at any time of the day, other than dawn, within exercise/recreation and social distancing conditions.

  • Support a local RSL by visiting during the day

  • Visit Virtual War Memorial Australia. Register and contribute pictures and information on your relatives who served Australia on active service.

Guide for a Home/School/Business Service

RSL SA offers this guide to conducting a personal remembrance service. It contains links to bugle calls and music to complement your words.

Introduction: Use your own words of reflection, name people you remember today, give gratitude for those who served and sacrificed, and to those still serving our nation.

Recite the Ode:

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Play The Last Post

Minute of Silence

Play Rouse

Recite: Lest We Forget

Play New Zealand National Anthem

Play Australian National Anthem

Conclusion

You may add prayers, hymns, readings and personal content to reflect your beliefs. Consider reciting the ANZAC Requiem. Bugle calls and music are thanks to www.anzacportal.dva.gov.au Please use volume levels for your own use, that are respectful to neighbours.

Australian Defence Force

Ceremonial participation by the ADF is subject to operational requirements, the number of taskings requested and availability of personnel. Sufficient notice needs to be applied to requests and must use the relevant forms

ADF CEREMONIAL REQUEST FORM

ADF ASSISTANCE TO COMMUNITY REQUEST FORM

Australian Flag Protocols

Click here for the Flag Protocols Guide issued by the Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet

Medal Compliance

RSL SA has a strict code of compliance that members are expected to follow when wearing medals. The guide below gives details on this.

RSL Medal Policy Guide

ANZAC APPEAL

To enable the RSL to continue assisting veterans, families and Defence personnel with advocacy, emergency accommodation, bill payment, grocery vouchers and wellbeing programs we rely upon public donations. Donate securely online: ANZAC APPEAL DONATION

We thank the businesses, RSLs and volunteers that collect for the ANZAC Appeal.