Anzac Day Commemoration 2024 - A Melbourne Tradition

Honouring Heroes: Anzac Day Celebrations in Melbourne

Anzac Day is a time when Australians and New Zealanders come together to pay tribute to the brave people who have served in the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) and to commemorate their sacrifices.  We have put together some recommendation that represents some of the traditional ways you can honour ANZAC day here in Melbourne. 

You can also show your respect and honour through donations and displaying of Poppies and Rosemary but do you know why they hold a profound significance as symbols of remembrance on ANZAC Day?

Poppies were inspired by the poignant poem "In Flanders Fields," written during World War I, which described the poppies blooming amidst the graves of fallen soldiers. Since then, poppies have come to symbolise the sacrifices of war and the enduring memory of those who gave their lives for their country.

Similarly, rosemary has long been associated with remembrance and fidelity, dating back to ancient times. It is believed that rosemary's fragrant scent was carried by soldiers into battle as a symbol of love and remembrance, and it continues to be worn or placed at memorials to honor the fallen. Together, poppies and rosemary serve as powerful symbols of respect and gratitude for the bravery and sacrifice of the ANZAC soldiers.


Remembrance Day vs. Anzac Day:

While both Remembrance Day (observed on November 11th) and Anzac Day are days of remembrance, there are differences between the two. Remembrance Day commemorates the end of World War I and honours all those who have served in the armed forces. Anzac Day specifically commemorates the landing of ANZAC troops at Gallipoli during World War I and pays tribute to the ANZAC spirit of courage, mateship, and sacrifice.

This Anzac Day, let us come together as a community to honour the heroes who have served and sacrificed for our nation. Lest we forget.


Dawn Services:

One of the most touching traditions of Anzac Day is the dawn service, held at various locations across Melbourne. The dawn service begins before the sun rises, mirroring the time of the original ANZAC landing at Gallipoli on April 25, 1915. It's a solemn and moving experience, with attendees coming together in silence to reflect on the courage and sacrifice of our servicemen and women. Find out more about the upcoming service in the link below.

The Shrine of Remembrance Dawn Service at 5:30am 


Commemorative Marches:

Following the dawn service, commemorative marches take place in cities and towns throughout Melbourne. These marches offer a chance for veterans, current service members, and the community to come together and pay their respects. Participants proudly wear medals and uniforms, honouring their own service or that of their loved ones. It's a powerful display of unity and gratitude, as thousands line the streets to show their support. Find out more about the upcoming march in the link below. 

Melbourne Commemorative Fed Square March at 8:30am


Anzac Day Events:

Throughout the day, Melbourne hosts various events and activities to commemorate Anzac Day. From memorial services to wreath-laying ceremonies, there are plenty of opportunities to honour the ANZAC legacy. Many local RSL clubs and community organisations also host special events, including traditional games, music performances, and fundraising activities. These events bring people together in a spirit of camaraderie and remembrance. Stay up to date with all Anzac events in the below.

Anzac in Melbourne 


Anzac Cookie Recipe:

No Anzac Day celebration would be complete without a batch of delicious Anzac cookies! Did you know traditionally Anzac cookies were called Anzac wafer or tile, along with beef bully Here's a friendly recipe for you to try:


  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 125g butter
  • 2 tbsp golden syrup
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 2 tbsp boiling water


  1. Preheat your oven to 160°C (320°F) and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the rolled oats, coconut, flour, and brown sugar.
  3. In a saucepan, melt the butter and golden syrup together over low heat.
  4. In a small bowl, mix the bicarbonate of soda with the boiling water, then add it to the melted butter mixture. Stir until combined.
  5. Pour the butter mixture into the dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
  6. Roll tablespoons of the mixture into balls and place them on the prepared baking tray, leaving room for spreading.
  7. Flatten each ball slightly with the back of a spoon.
  8. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  9. Allow the cookies to cool on the baking tray for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Enjoy your homemade Anzac cookies with a cup of tea or coffee, and share them with friends and family as you commemorate Anzac Day!



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