Anzac Day

Anzac Day

Lest we forget

The official state dawn service is held at the Cenotaph in Martin Place on 25 April.

The ceremony begins at 4.30am, about the time at which the first Australians waded ashore at Anzac Cove on 25 April 1915.

The dawn service includes a catafalque contingent, an Ode of Remembrance, Last Post bugle call, a minute’s silence, a Reveille played on a bugle and the laying of wreaths.

Events taking place later in the day include the Anzac Day march, the commemoration service in Hyde Park and the sunset service ceremony in Martin Place.

Due to construction work in George Street for the light rail project, the Anzac Day march starts at the intersection of Martin Place and Elizabeth Street and travels south on Elizabeth Street to Liverpool Street.

For more information, visit the RSL NSW website.

About the Cenotaph

The Cenotaph’s sentinel statues, a bronze soldier and sailor standing proudly at either end, are carefully cleaned and maintained by the City.

Commissioned to commemorate the Australian soldiers and sailors who died during World War I, the Cenotaph was unveiled in 1929. The statues were sculpted by artist Sir Edgar Betram Mackennal, cast in Milan and dispatched from England in December 1928.

Sir Edgar Betram Mackennal used Private William P Derby (1870-1936) of the 15th Infantry Battalion and the 4th Field Ambulance Australian Imperial Force to model the soldier facing Pitt Street. The image of Royal Australian Navy Signalman John William Varcoe (1897-1948) was used for the sailor facing George Street.

Last updated: Thursday, 27 April 2017