On the 25th April each year we stop to remember those who have served our nation in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping missions.

If you are in Darwin for Anzac Day this year, join the Darwin RSL Sub-Branch 108th ANZAC Day Commemoration at Bicentennial Park, the Esplanade.

Darwin RSL Sub-Branch 108th ANZAC Day Commemoration – Monday 25th April (Below schedule from 2022. 2023 update to come)
0500 - ‘Gunfire’ breakfast - TBC
0530 - Public begin assembling at Cenotaph
0550 - Veterans form up at ANZAC Walk at Bicentennial Park, the Esplanade and March to seating in front of Cenotaph
0600 - Dawn Service commences at The Cenotaph, The Esplanade
0700 - Reunion breakfast - TBC
0730 - ANZAC Day Mass St Mary’s Cathedral
0845 - Parade forms up on Esplanade
0900 – Parade
0930 – Reunion at TBC 

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Significance of ANZAC Day
The Australian and New Zealand forces landed on Gallipoli on 25 April, meeting fierce resistance from the Ottoman Turkish defenders. What had been planned as a bold stroke to knock Turkey out of the war quickly became a stalemate, and the campaign dragged on for eight months. At the end of 1915 the allied forces were evacuated from the peninsula, with both sides having suffered heavy casualties and endured great hardships. More than 8,000 Australian soldiers had died in the campaign. Gallipoli had a profound impact on Australians at home, and 25 April soon became the day on which Australians remembered the sacrifice of those who died in the war. Click here to continue reading.

Spend the rest of the day learning about the impact WWII had on Darwin.

We recommend booking a dedicated history tour or visiting one of the local museums below.

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