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Adelaide's ANZAC Day 2019 Events - What's On

Tomorrow (Thursday 25 April, 2019) is ANZAC Day.

We urge everyone to take some time out tomorrow to remember our fallen soldiers and say thanks to our current soldiers who continue to fight for and protect our beautiful country that we call Australia.


The Dawn Service is a valued tradition on ANZAC Day and is always a deeply moving experience for both young and old. The following locations will all hold Dawn Services…

Adelaide South Australian National War Memorial, North Terrace 6:00am

Edwardstown Memorial Garden, Raglan Ave 6:00am

Elizabeth RSL, 70 Midway Rd, Elizabeth East 5:45am

Freeling Cenotaph 6:30am

Gawler Pioneer Park 6:15am

Glenelg Memorial, Moseley Square 6:00am

Gumeracha Oval 6:30am

Henley Beach Memorial, Seaview Road 6:20am

Largs North RSL, Carnarvon Terrace 6:45am

Magill The Gums, Shakespeare Avenue 6:30am

Manningham RSL, Bennett Ave 6:15am

Marion Cenotaph, RSL, Norfolk Road 6:15am

Unley Memorial Gardens 6:00am

Walkerville Memorial Rose Garden, Church Tce 6:15am

Mylor War Memorial, corner Strathalbyn Road & Stock Road 6:30am

Myrtle Bank War Veterans’ Home, Ferguson Avenue 6:00am

Tanunda Garden of Remembrance 6.30am.


Commencing at 9.30am from the SA National War Memorial, the march will turn right on to King William road and make its way to its destination of the Cross of Sacrifice in Pennington Gardens, North Adelaide. Spectators are invited to line both North Terrace and King William Street to watch the up to 6,000 people who will be participating in the March. ABC Television will also provide a live telecast.


A Remembrance Service is held at the Cross of Sacrifice in Pennington Gardens, North Adelaide, from 11.30am, immediately after the ANZAC Day March concludes. This activity provides a significant finale to the commemorations, with the Dawn Service representing a funeral, the March representing the walk to the grave site and the service at the Cross of Sacrifice representing the burial.  The general public are welcome to attend this service.


After the March visitors, veterans, family and the public are welcome back at the Torrens Parade Ground to meet up with mates and enjoy food and refreshments. Volunteers from ex-service organisations and ADF units will sell drinks and food to raise funds for their groups. A massed pipe band will play when the Cross of Sacrifice service finishes and there will be Two Up around lunchtime along with displays of militaria.


The new ANZAC Centenary Memorial Garden Walk was officially opened on Saturday 23 April 2016.  The 280 metre Memorial Walk runs along Kintore Avenue, linking the South Australian National War Memorial to the Torrens Parade Ground, where many service personnel left for war.

A 70 metre interpretive wall, made from local black granite and an open blade fence along the Government House eastern boundary are key features of the design.

The granite wall depicts Australian society through a century of conflict and honours the more than 102,000 Australian servicemen and women who have died in conflict since Federation.


The ANZAC Eve Youth Vigil Ceremony is a youth inspired activity that has become the first ceremony of remembrance of ANZAC Day.

With differing backgrounds and interests, young Australians representing a variety of service and community groups, conduct a formal ‘Holding Ground’ Ceremony (a night-long, guard of honour around the historic War Memorial on North Terrace) from 6.00 pm to 6.00 am between ANZAC Eve and ANZAC Morning.  In doing so, they have created their own ANZAC Day tradition. Just prior to dawn the youth guards step down and the Dawn Service follows.

The Anzac Eve Youth Vigil stems from the military tradition of ‘holding ground’ whereby a reconnaissance patrol would find and hold strategic position in preparation for the arrival of their army. This would often involve an all-night vigil, keeping awake on watch, alert that the area of battle is secured against threat.

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