Melbourne's ANZAC Day Commemoration activities are a way for veterans, their families, and the general public to honour and recognise those who have served and currently serve for Australia.
Order of Dawn Service
5:40am - Welcome to Country
5:42am - Preamble
5:59am - Stand To
6:00am - The Ode
6:01am - Last Post
6:02am - Minute Silence
6:05am - Governor's Address
6:10am - Recitation of 'In Flanders Field'
6:13am - 'Abide with Me'
6:17am - New Zealand National Anthem
6:19am - Australian National Anthem
6:23am - Governor and Official Party wreath laying in Sanctuary
6:31am - Dawn Service concludes
At the conclusion of the Dawn Service, members of the public are welcome to enter the Sanctuary through the North Door to lay a poppy at the Stone of Remembrance.
The Shrine will open to the public at 7:00am.
Commemoration Service and Wreath Laying
The Commemoration Service will be held immediately at the conclusion of the ANZAC Day march.
Wreaths will be laid at the Shrine of Remembrance following the Commemoration Service.
Wreaths were traditionally laid on the graves and and memorials to honour those who had died. We lay wreaths on ANZAC Day at war memorials as a way to remember those who have lost their lives serving for Australia. The ANZAC wreath is traditionally shaped like a teardrop, signifying the tears we shed in grief. Circular shaped wreaths are also used commonly.
Dignitaries will be invited to lay wreaths in honour of our fallen servicemen and women.