ANZAC Day is one of Australia’s most important national days of commemoration and is observed on 25 April each year. ANZAC Day marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by the ANZACs (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) at Gallipoli in Turkey in 1915, during WWI.
However, the importance of ANZAC Day goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli. It is a day to reflect on the sacrifices made by servicewomen and men of both Australia and New Zealand who have participated and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations and to send our thanks to those currently in service.
Local ANZAC Day Ceremonies
Our local Epping and Parramatta RSL sub-branches are hosting dawn services for the community to attend and commemorate ANZAC Day. All events will be managed in accordance with COVID-19 Safety Plans and all attendees will be required to register at these events via QR codes provided on the day.
Parramatta RSL sub-branch Dawn Service
Date: Sunday, 25 April 2021
Location: Prince Alfred Square, Parramatta
Please note, no march will take place in 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Epping RSL sub-branch Dawn Service
Date: Sunday, 25 April 2021
Location: Forest Park, Epping
The City of Parramatta pays special tribute to Parramatta and Epping RSL sub-branches, for their longstanding history of supporting the community, as well as all past and present service personnel. RSL sub-Branch services are supported by City of Parramatta.
Explore Council's ANZAC Day Online Experience
Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre have created an ANZAC Day Online Experience, which features historical publications, stories from local soldiers, and shares the details of our special conservation project. Read the featured articles and explore the historical images. The Online Experience will be available to view until 2 May.
Light up the Dawn
After the great response in 2020, RSL NSW is once again encouraging the Australian community to Light up the Dawn, for those who are unable to attend a Dawn Service. At 6am on ANZAC Day, go to the end of your driveway or stand on your balcony and remember those who have sacrificed so much for our Country.
Learn more about Light up the Dawn.
COVID-19 Safety information
The health and well-being of patrons and the greater community is taken seriously and all events are managed in accordance with COVID-19 Safety Plans and the latest advice from NSW Health.
Entry to the event site is subject to the COVID-19 Conditions of Entry as follows:
1) All entrants to the event site must complete a COVID Safe Check-In using the Service NSW App. Click here to download the app. Alternative check-in options will be available on site if this is not possible. Entrants may be requested to provide proof of check in and failure to do so may result in being refused entry to the site.
2) For the safety and wellbeing of everyone, you must not attend ANZAC Day services if you:
- feel unwell or if you are experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms as identified by NSW Health such as fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, loss of smell or taste. Please seek advice from a medical practitioner, or alternatively, obtain a COVID-19 test,
- have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test,
- are required to self-isolate,
- have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the 14 days before your intended date of visit to an ANZAC Day service,
- have returned from overseas or have visited a “positive COVID-19 case location” as outlined by NSW Government in the last 14 days before your intended date of visit to an ANZAC Day service.
3) Entrants agree to adhere to current 1.5m physical distancing requirements where possible and practice good hygiene to help stop the spread of COVID-19 (hand sanitising and hand wash stations will be provided).
Face masks are not compulsory, however are strongly recommended and will be available on site.
Please follow the instructions of event staff who are working to keep us all safe.
Due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic and legislation, event requirements and Conditions of Entry may be subject to change. We recommend that you check back in prior to attending services.