Anzac Day 2021: War Memorial Dawn Service tickets made available to the public

Limited tickets will be available for crowds to attend this year's Anzac Day service at the Australian War Memorial. Picture: Dion Georgopoulos
Limited tickets will be available for crowds to attend this year's Anzac Day service at the Australian War Memorial. Picture: Dion Georgopoulos

Tickets for this year's Anzac Day commemorations at the Australian War Memorial will be made available from Monday.

The tickets, which are free for the public, will be released on the War Memorial's website from 10am.

While tens of thousands of people normally crowd into Anzac Parade to watch the dawn service and national ceremony each year, numbers will be capped for this year's event due to COVID-19 restrictions.

There will be 4200 tickets made available for the dawn service, while a further 3000 tickets have been allocated for the national ceremony held later in the morning.

Both events will be held on the memorial's parade ground, and will be closed off to ticket holders only.

Preparations on holding the ceremonies with members of the public present while maintaining COVID restrictions had been under way since late 2020.

A man silently observing the Anzac Day dawn service at the Australian War Memorial at the height of COVID lockdowns. Picture: Sitthixay Ditthavong

A man silently observing the Anzac Day dawn service at the Australian War Memorial at the height of COVID lockdowns. Picture: Sitthixay Ditthavong

War Memorial director Matt Anderson said large amounts of preparation had gone in to ensuring the event went ahead for the public in a COVID-safe way.

"Here at the memorial, we are thankful for the opportunity to welcome more than 7000 veterans, current defence force personnel, dignitaries and community members across both ceremonies in the midst of a global pandemic," Mr Anderson said.

"While the government of all states and territories continue to manage the response of this evolving pandemic, it is vital the memorial follows the ACT Health guidelines and advice."

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Commemorations were closed off to the public for Anzac Day in 2020 due to COVID lockdowns.

While no parade was held at last year's event, a small delegation carried out a dawn service from the War Memorial which was televised and livestreamed.

Mr Anderson said while numbers were reduced compared to normal years, there were other ways for people to commemorate Anzac Day.

"We look forward to welcoming those who are fortunate enough to get tickets to the Anzac Day events, and encourage everyone else to tune into the ABC broadcasts live from the Australian War Memorial and take part in the RSL Light Up the Dawn," he said.

Bookings are still required for the public to visit the Australian War Memorial.

Tickets for the Anzac Day commemorations can be booked at awm.gov.au

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