ANZAC Day 2021
Sunday 25 April
Observed annually on April 25, ANZAC Day began as a commemoration of the landing of Australian and New Zealand forces at Gallipoli in 1915 during World War One. It has since grown to become a reflection on the service and sacrifice of all Australians who have served in conflict or on peacekeeping operations.
This year's Victorian ANZAC Day commemorations will look different, but there are several meaningful ways to pay tribute and honour those who have served.
Ways to commemorate ANZAC Day 2021
Mark commemorations locally
Victorians may also choose to lay a wreath at a local monument at another time of day or in the lead up to the event; or commemorate from home. Victorians can participate in RSL Victoria’s Light up the Dawn by lighting a candle at 6am while standing in their driveway, front yard, porch or balcony and observing a minute’s silence to pay tribute to veterans and active service personnel on social media using #lightupthedawn.
RSL Victoria, in conjunction with the Shrine of Remembrance, will go ahead with its city-based ANZAC Day commemorative events, but with limited attendance at the traditional ANZAC Day Dawn Service and Commemorative Service and March – in line with the Victorian Government’s Public Events Framework.
The Dawn Service will also be livestreamed at 5.40am on ANZAC Day, and all Victorians are invited to join online at the RSL Victoria or Shrine of Remembrance Facebook pages to watch the march from home and mark the day in a COVID-safe way.
Veteran participation in Melbourne’s ANZAC Day March
Give to the ANZAC Appeal
Like so many Victorians, members of our veteran community have felt the impacts of recent months. If you are able, you can show your support for those who have served, and their families who have given much, through the ANZAC Appeal – 100% of funds raised support veterans and their families in times of need. For more information or to donate, visit
Reviewed 23 June 2021