Anzac Day, celebrated on April 25, is a day to remember and honour our brave soldiers who served and died in wars, conflicts and other peace operations. The day is observed Australia-wide and marks its beginning with a dawn service. This is followed by an Anzac Day parade, a sunset service and other events.
Dawn services typically start around 4:00 a.m. onwards. Various cities and suburbs have their own time and venue. Thousands of veterans and their families and even those currently in service attend the dawn service at various venues to pay their respects to the fallen.
Sydney Morning Herald notes that while the dawn service starts at 4:30 a.m. at Martin Place in Sydney, the time might vary slightly across suburbs. People flock to the Cenotaph at Martin Place as early as three in the morning. Huge TV screens are set on location for people to view the proceedings if they do not find a place.
If you are in Melbourne, you can attend the service at the Shrine of Remembrance at 6:00 a.m., states Time Out Australia. You need to arrive two hours earlier if you wish to have a place at the venue. This will be followed by wreath laying from 8:15 a.m. onwards. An Anzac Day March will follow.
Similarly in Brisbane, the service starts at before 4:30 a.m., states ABC News. If you are staying in Perth, Darwin, Hobart, Canberra or Adelaide, get ready early in the morning to attend the service, explains Daily Mail.
However, if you are not a morning person, you can still wish to pay your respects and celebrate the veterans. Visit the war memorial to place a wreath or flowers to show your respect. You can also visit the Australian War Memorial if you stay anywhere close to the capital city. The memorial explains the Australian military history like no other.
SBS suggests that you could bake some Anzac cookies to commemorate the day. They are Australia’s favourite biscuits. Still, the best way to celebrate the day would be by upholding values like integrity, courage and team spirit through your actions and behaviour.