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ANZAC DAY 2015 - London
Saturday 25 April 2015
2015 marks the 100th anniversary since the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli. On Saturday 25 April 2015, there will be three commemorative ceremonies in London – a Dawn Service, a wreath laying ceremony at The Cenotaph and a commemorative service at Westminster Abbey. We anticipate that the interest in these services will be high.
5.00am: Dawn Service, Wellington Arch, Hyde Park Corner
The service will last approximately 60 minutes. Tickets are not required, however you will be required to show photographic identification and undergo security checks on entry. The site will open at 2.30am and we suggest you arrive early (no later than 4.00am) as attendance is expected to be higher than usual. Entry is by the northwest corner of the site (corner closest to Hyde Park) only, and much of the surrounding pedestrian subway system will be closed. Please allow extra time for security screening if you have small (backpack sized) bags. Large bags, sharp instruments, and glass containers will not be permitted on site.
11.00am: Wreath Laying Ceremony and Parade, The Cenotaph, Whitehall
The wreath laying ceremony at the Cenotaph on Whitehall has been designated as a United Kingdom National Commemoration for 2015. An announcement regarding this was made by Prime Minister Cameron on 14 November. This means that in 2015 the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) will lead on the organisation of the event. For information on attending and/or participating in the service, you will need to contact DCMS. Their website is: https://www.gov.uk/government/policies/marking-relevant-national-events-and-ceremonies/supporting-pages/centenary-of-the-gallipoli-campaign?343.
Descendants of those who fought in the Gallipoli campaign are invited to participate in the Cenotaph service, either by marching or viewing the service from a reserved area. Others who are interested in participating in the March Past are also invited to register.
Members of the public who wish to attend but not participate do not require tickets. Further details will be available from DCMS in March.
PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO SECURITY CONSTAINTS IT WILL NOT BE POSSIBLE FOR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO ATTEND BOTH THE CENOTAPH AND WESTMINSTER ABBEY. PLEASE ADVISE SHOULD YOU CHOOSE THE CENTOTAPH SERVICE AND THEREFORE WILL NOT REQUIRE YOUR WESTMINISTER ABBEY TICKET.
1.00pm: Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving, Westminster Abbey
Due to higher than usual demand, seating for Westminster Abbey is now fully subscribed for Anzac Day 2015.
Those who have applied for tickets, these will be forwarded in early April. You will be required to produce your nominated photographic identity on arrival at the Abbey.