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Anzac Day

RSL NSW is working with the NSW Government to ensure that a COVID-safe March can take place through the Sydney CBD this year. The Minister for Health and Medical Research has granted an exemption to the Public Health Order for 10,000 marchers to participate on 25 April including Current serving members and veterans of the Australian Defence Force, Descendants of the Australian Defence Force, Veterans of a Commonwealth or Allied Force and their descendants, Banner and banner parties, Bands (invites to be extended by RSL NSW). Veterans can march with their relevant unit, ship, squadron, or association and behind their banners.

Anzac Day is an important special community event celebrated all over Australia on April 25. On this date, millions of Australians commemorate the anniversary of the first significant military pairing of Australian and New Zealand forces fighting together during the First World War.

In addition, veterans and participants of peacekeeping operations and conflicts are also honoured during this national event.

ANZAC Day, Sydney 2021 Dawn Service, March, Events & Celebrations

Just like all other cities in Australia, Sydney celebrates this day to pay homage to some of the bravest veterans who have lived and died serving their country – with the name of the event coming from the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, also known as ANZAC.

Both Australia and New Zealand observe this event every year and this special day is marked by a public holiday. Both past and serving members are honoured on this prestigious day by the Australian Government and all members of the public.

The Anzac Day commemorations are scheduled as follows:

  • Dawn Service commencing at 4:30am: Laying wreaths, marches and commemorative services at Martin Place.
    ANZAC Day March commencing at 9am: Corner of Elizabeth Street and Martin Place, walking past the ANZAC Memorial at Hyde Park.

Travel on public transport is free for members and ex-members of the Australian Defence Force, including carers; and the spouses, children and grandchildren of deceased service personnel; and the spouses, children and grandchildren of living war veterans. Free travel recipients are required to wear the Australian Defence Uniform; or display service medals, or carry a letter of accreditation on the letterhead of a branch of the RSL or other recognised ex-services organisation, or present a war widow’s gold card.

Roads within the Sydney CBD will be closed from 2am to 4pm on 25 April 2021 and includes pedestrian access in some streets. Access within the closed site will be by ticket or vehicle permit only.

Those travelling via bus should be prepared that services will use alternate routes and stops while road closures are in place.

Accessibility drop-off and pick up areas can be located at:

  • Macquarie Street at Martin Place (western side, outside St Stephen’s Church)
  • Pitt Street approaching Market Street (eastern side, outside Piccadilly Shopping Centre)
  • Barrack Street at York Street (eastern side of York Street)

The ABC will broadcast the March live on ANZAC Day, and it will also be streamed live on the RSL NSW Facebook page and will be available to view on iView.

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