Sydneysiders planning to attend one of Australia’s largest Anzac Day ceremonies this year should be aware of the significant changes to the traditional city route.
Anzac Day is held on April 25 every year as a National Day of Remembrance and commemorates the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during World War I, landing on Gallipoli in 1915. It’s an opportunity for all Australians to remember all those who have ever fought, endured, suffered and died for this country and our freedom.
As we gather together in Sydney’s CBD to honour the many Australians who served our country in these efforts, there are some important changes to be aware of this year.
New transportation construction works and road closures along Sydney’s George Street have meant that for the first time, the historical Anzac Day March will be diverted down Elizabeth Street.
Marg Prendergast is Coordinator General of the Sydney CBD and says, “George Street is changing and we have to cater for that, so we’ve worked closely with the RSL to ensure we prepare for change and make available the best possible location for the march, one that’s easy for participants to access and allows for the growing crowds we’re seeing each and every year.”
The new route provides a direct path to the Anzac Memorial, and the wider pathways on Elizabeth Street, and open spaces of Hyde Park create better viewing for spectators, particularly senior veterans, widows and the disabled.
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More than 100,000 spectators are expected to attend in addition to the 20,000 war veterans, current servicemen and women, police and relatives who will march in honour of those who have served to defend Australia.
Public Transport is best way to travel to the Sydney CBD Anzac Day March, with free travel provided for current and ex-Australian Defence Force personnel and their families.
SYDNEY’S ANZAC DAY EVENT TIMETABLE
4:15am Dawn Service at Cenotaph, Martin Place
9:00am Anzac Day March
12:30pm Commemoration Service held at the Anzac memorial, Hyde Park, adjacent to the Pool of Remembrance
5:00pm Sunset Service Ceremony at Cenotaph, Martin Place – a short service accompanied by the NSW Ambulance Service Band and followed by the lowering of the flags.
Quote from NSW Transport – mysydney.nsw.gov.au