They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Light Up the Dawn – Commemorate your way this ANZAC Day
As the sun rose on 25 April 1915, Australian and New Zealand soldiers rowed towards the shores of Gallipoli and into history. Every year since, Australians have gathered to remember their legacy and that of all who have followed in their footsteps.
What You Need to Know About Anzac Day This Year
This year’s Anzac Day we’ll see a return to communities coming together, as commemorations and dawn services are set to take place across Sydney. So how can you commemorate the day?
Attend a service
Find a local Dawn service near you.
At home or in community
Commemorate at home by taking yourself back in time to bake a traditional ANZAC biscuit, a sweet treat that was included in care packages sent to soldiers during WW1. Then share some with your neighbours and watch or listen to a Dawn Service.
Watch or listen online
An Anzac Day Message from Australian Defence Force (ADF) Chaplain Ralph Estherby CSM
Thank you to Chaplain Ralph Estherby CSM, Associated Protestant Churches Chaplaincy Board (APCCB), Religious Advisory Committee to the Services (RACS) for suppling this message.
Anzac Biscuits: Their History, and a Recipe for a Paleo-Friendly, Healthier Version
A potted history of the Anzac biscuit, a story about Gallipoli, and a recipe for a healthier, paleo-friendly version, from the proud granddaughter of an original Anzac. Read more
Banjo Paterson’s Forgotten ANZAC Role: One of the Least-Known Parts of His Life
Those tough Aussie horses, broken in and trained for the exact task before them, struggled in the soft, burning Middle Eastern sand, their fetlocks sinking deep in the desert hills. The dust of their efforts was a rising column in the still, searing air. The relentless blazing sun seemed intent on delivering one message: ‘Go home, Aussie. This place is for camels, not horses’. It was the Sinai Desert, 1917—more than one hundred years ago. Read more…
How Easter Has Influenced ANZAC Day — Historian Meredith Lake
What may be little known to many is Easter’s influence on ANZAC Day traditions and how the biblical virtues of selflessness and surrender have come to shape how we remember the fallen. Read more…
Official ANZAC Websites
- ANZAC Day Commemoration Committee
- Australian War Memorial — 25 April Anzac Day
- Australian Government Department of Defence
The Architect of Anzac Day
Our History and the Christian Connection. The catch cry of Canon David Garland was “nothing is too good for our soldier boys”. It epitomises the heart of a man dedicated to the soldiers he served. Read more…
Romance, Heartache and Courage: The Story of ANZAC Nurse, Alice Ross-King Comes Alive for Children
The story of Australian war nurse Alice Ross-King has all the ingredients of a Hollywood film: a young heart stolen by a dashing soldier; love lost on the battle field; courage in the face of bullets and bombs; and a deep faith in God that’s severely tested. Read more…