The 2019 ANZAC Day Dawn Service, marches and remembrance parade takes place on Thursday 25th April 2019.
It was 104 years ago (2019) that our brave ANZAC sons landed at Gallipoli in an event that has gone onto shape Australia and its people.
ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as ANZACs, and the pride they soon took in that name endures to this day.
The 25th of April marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.
Dawn Service is held from 5:30am at the Shrine of Remembrance.
The Dawn Service is a major part of the tradition of ANZAC Day and harks back to the military practice of 'standing to' at dawn. Each dawn and dusk, the most favourable times for attack, soldiers were called to 'stand to' and manned their posts in full kit, ready to repulse enemy attacks or launch their own.
Dawn Services are held across Australia, including Victoria's State service held at the Shrine, at 6am.
ANZAC Day March
Anzac Day March from 9am and a Commemorative Service 1pm
The march, led by veterans and serving personnel, now also includes the descendants of veterans, sometimes alongside their relatives but more often, as the men of the Second World War in particular pass on, in honour of those who served.
The march starts from the corner of Swanston Street and Flinders Street down St Kilda Road to the Shrine of Remembrance.
The parade finishes at 1pm followed by a Commemoration Service on the Shrine Forecourt.
Most of the funds are raised through the sale of ANZAC badges. The badges are available in different denominations from $50 to $2 with the basis for the range being the 'Rising Sun' ANZAC Appeal brandmark.
This emblem is well known to all Australians and has been used to during the Appeal for many years. In addition to the Rising Sun, there is also the ever-popular $5 slouch hat badge.