Anzac Day 2021 & Light Up The Dawn
Anzac Day is Australia’s most sacred day and an important opportunity to reflect and commemorate the sacrifice made by Australian veterans.
The South Australian Government has been working with the RSL SA to ensure that in 2021 Anzac Day commemorations can continue while remaining COVID safe.
Despite cancellation and restriction of some RSL Sub-Branch and community organisation run ANZAC commemorations, the Adelaide ANZAC Day Committee reinforces that cancellation is not the case in the Adelaide CBD and it is their intent to conduct the RSL Youth Vigil, Dawn Service, March and Service of Remembrance, with limitations to meet Covid-19 requirements.
A booking system, contact tracing records and audience controls will apply at the Adelaide Dawn Service and Service of Remembrance. SA Police and security personnel will monitor and enforce this. The public are asked to be respectful and cooperative of these requests so as not to jeopardise the commemorations.
Adelaide Anzac Day Dawn Service
- Sunday 25 April 2021
- 5:30am – 7am
- National War Memorial – 190 North Terrace, Adelaide
In 2021, the Adelaide city Dawn Service will be a limited attendance event due to the need to comply with coronavirus public health and safety measures. An area around the Memorial will be fenced off and there will be access points where attendees will be required to scan a QR code for coronavirus contact tracing or fill out their details on a paper form, and present a paper or electronic ticket to the crowd controllers for entry.
A total of 2,500 members of the general public can be accommodated. Assuming no changes to COVID regulations, 1,500 tickets will be released at 6pm on 8 April 2021, and a further 1,000 tickets will be released at 6pm on 15 April 2021.
Adelaide ANZAC Day March
Subject to Covid-19 regulations, the Adelaide ANZAC Day March traditionally commences at 9.30am from the SA National War Memorial, North Terrace, Adelaide, and moves west, turning right onto King William Road. The march concludes in the streets surrounding the Cross of Sacrifice in Pennington Gardens, North Adelaide.
This year the public are not invited to attend as March spectators or Descendants Group participants; only families of Marchers and veterans not marching will be permitted to attend.
Adelaide Anzac Day 2021 March Guide – click here to download
Adelaide Anzac Day Service of Remembrance
The Adelaide Anzac Day Service of Remembrance will be led by a Royal Australian Air Force chaplain, and will consist of a welcome, hymn, prayer, hymn, placing of tributes, the recitation of the Ode of Remembrance, Last Post bugle call, One Minutes’ Silence and Rouse bugle call, the Benediction then the singing of the National Anthems of New Zealand and Australia.
This year the Service of Remembrance will be a limited attendance event due to the need to comply with coronavirus public health and safety measures. An area around the Cross of Sacrifice will be fenced off and there will be two access points where attendees will be required to scan a QR code for coronavirus contact tracing, and present a paper or electronic ticket to the crowd controllers for entry. A total of 1,500 members of the general public can be accommodated. Assuming no changes to COVID regulations, 1,000 tickets will be released at 6pm on 8 April 2021, and a further 500 tickets will be released at 6pm on 15 April 2021.
Light Up The Dawn
Light Up The Dawn was launched in 2020 when COVID restrictions were in full force, encouraging people to remember and pay their respects from their driveways.
Because remembrance of service and sacrifice are important to our society, you can choose to pay respects in your own personal way, such as:
- Light Up the Dawn commemoration from your own driveway, with neighbours and the RSL. For a guide to format your own service at home see below.
- Remembering from within your home with Light Up the Dawn, media broadcasts and online coverage. ABC TV and Radio 891 will cover the closed Adelaide dawn service from 5:25am.
- Visiting a local war memorial at any time of the day, within exercise/recreation and social distancing conditions.
- Visit Virtual War Memorial Australia. Register and contribute pictures and information on your relatives who served Australia on active service.
Guide for a Home Service
RSL SA offers the guide below to conducting your personal remembrance service.
Introduction: Use your own words of reflection, name people you remember today, give gratitude for those who served and sacrificed, and to those still serving our nation.
Recite the Ode:
- 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.
- Play The Last Post
- Minute of Silence
- Play Reveille/Rouse
- Recite: Lest We Forget
- Play New Zealand National Anthem
- Play Australian National Anthem
You may add prayers, hymns, readings and personal content to reflect your beliefs. Consider reciting the ANZAC Requiem. Please use volume levels for your own use, that are respectful to neighbours.
For links to bugle calls and music to complement your words CLICK HERE
You can also use the virtual candle HERE
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Veterans SA website 0r the RSL SA Branch website.
What: Anzac Day 2021
When: Sunday 25 April 2021
When: Adelaide, South Australia
At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.
Image source: Light Up The Dawn & photos by Play & Go
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