25 April is a day of national remembrance, which takes two forms. Commemorative services are held across the nation at dawn - the time of the original landing, while later in the day, former servicemen and servicewomen meet to take part in marches through the country’s major cities and in many smaller centres. Commemorative ceremonies are more formal, and are held at war memorials around the country. In these ways, Anzac Day is a time at which Australians reflect on the many different meanings of war.
Darwin RSL 104th ANZAC Day Commemoration
0500 - ‘Gunfire’ breakfast – Deck Bar
0530 - Public begin assembling at Cenotaph
0550 - Veterans form up at ANZAC Walk at Bicentennial Park, the Esplanade and March to seating in front of Cenotaph
0600 - Dawn Service commences at The Cenotaph, The Esplanade
Order of Dawn Service
* Master of Ceremonies, Mr Bill Buckley welcomes all guests
* Arrival of the RSL contingent, led by the Drum Corps of the Australian Army Band - Darwin
* The Prelude
* Mounting of the Australian Defence Force Catafalque and Flag parties
* Wreath or Book laying on Cenotaph
* Guest Speaker: Wing Commander Steven Parsons, RAAF
* Hymn Recessional
* ANZAC Service – The Chaplin
* Recitation of the Ode of Remembrance: Mr Stephen Gloster, President Darwin RSL
* Last Post
* One minutes' silence
* The Chaplain
* The Darwin Chorale, accompanied by the Australian Army Band – Darwin, will lead the National Anthems of New Zealand and Australia
* Dismount Catafalque and Flag Parties
* Official Party Departs
0700 - Reunion breakfast – Deck Bar
0730 - ANZAC Day Mass St Mary’s Cathedral
0845 - Parade forms up on Esplanade
0900 - Parade moves off from
* Along Knuckey St.
* Right into Cavenagh St.
* Dismiss at Bennett St/Civic Centre area
0930 - Reunion at Deck Bar & Hotel Darwin
The Katherine Dawn Service begins at 6am, at the the Cenotaph on O'Shae Terrace.
Please assemble at 5:45am.