Anzac Day services and march to be held

April 24, 2017 by  

Melbourne will commemorate Anzac Day 2017, beginning with the traditional dawn service, followed by a gunfire breakfast and then the Commemoration March.

Broadcaster and journalist Peter Meehan will MC the dawn service. A gunfire breakfast is traditionally the meal eaten by soldiers just before an impending battle in the morning. These days, it resembles a normal hot breakfast with bacon and eggs and the usual trimmings.

Surviving veterans of all of the conflicts involving Australia will be marching. Descendants of deceased soldiers from the Boer War, and both World Wars will be permitted to march, provided there is only one family member marching and they are wearing the medals of their ancestor. These marchers will appear at the end of the march behind the veterans and their banners. Banner printing will be used and there may also be booklet printing in use for programs for the Dawn Service, and possibly menus for the gunfire breakfast.

Anzac Day events will begin with the Dawn Service at 5:00 am tomorrow morning, April 25, and conclude with the Commemoration March, which should finish by 2:00 pm and will be held at the Shrine of Remembrance Reserve on St Kilda Road in Melbourne. The gunfire breakfast will be provided at 6.:30 am straight opposite the Shrine at Victoria Barracks on the front lawns.