ANZAC Day in the UK
25th April 2014
A number of services are held annually in the UK to mark ANZAC Day. London hosts a dawn service which is very well-attended despite being before the start of the working day. The location alternates each year between the national memorials at either end of Hyde Park Corner. As this is the 100th anniversary of WW1 the service will be held in front of Wellington Arch. There is a march past and wreath-laying at the Cenotaph at 11am followed by a service at Westminster Abbey which is free to attend but requires tickets obtainable as below.
London services for 2014 will be as follows:
- 05.00 : Dawn Service
Wellington Arch, Hyde Park Corner
Service lasts approximately 45 minutes and is a non-ticketed event open to all members of the public. After the service there will be an opportunity to lay wreaths at the nearby Australian and New Zealand Memorials.
- 11.00 : Wreath Laying Service
The Cenotaph, Whitehall
Service lasts approximately 30 minutes and will conclude to allow enough time for the short walk to Westminster Abbey for the Commemorative Service. Tickets are not required to observe the ceremony, however passes are required for those wishing to participate in the Parade (Service, ex-Service Personnel and relatives), and can be requested online from February 2014.
- 12.00 : Commemorative Service
Service lasts for approximately one hour. Complimentary tickets are required to attend this service and will be available at www.anzacdaylondon.com from early 2014.
2014 ticket applications will open in early February at www.anzacdaylondon.com
For further information:
The NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has a useful page for services elsewhere in the country.
For more information about ANZAC Day go the Department of Veteran’s Affairs website
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