Salute our nation’s diggers in Martin Place this ANZAC DAY
It’s the day that unites Australians all over the world in a state of remembrance, April 25. And for those unable to make the pilgrimage to Gallipoli – veterans and their supporters, alike – the local ANZAC Day services are occasions of deep importance. Sydney’s Martin Place ceremony has long been the city’s most noteworthy. The proceedings begin at The Cenotaph with a dawn service at 4.15 am, followed by the spectacular ANZAC Day parade which travels along Elizabeth St from Martin Place to Hyde Park. As the March concludes, the crowd gathers again for a ceremony at Hyde Park’s Pool of Remembrance, and at 5pm back at The Cenotaph, the official events close with a moving sunset ceremony.
Martin Place has been the epicentre of Sydney’s ANZAC Day proceedings since 1931, and in recent times the turnout has reached the thousands. It’s a solemn but pride-filled occasion where veterans and their descendants alike pause to honour the bravery of our nation’s servicemen and women. And in true Australian spirit, when the formalities are over, you can be sure to find the pubs and RSLs of the city buzzing with action as the reveling – and the two-up – commences into the evening.
IGA will be open from 4am to 8pm on ANZAC Day, Tuesday 25 April. With Café Paradiso from 4am to 3pm.