Attending an ANZAC dawn service

Tomorrow, 25th April, countless Australians will attend an ANZAC Dawn Service. But what are its origins, and what does it signify?

The tradition of the Dawn Service harks back to the military practice of ‘standing to’ at dawn. Each dawn and dusk, the most favourable times for attack, soldiers were called to ‘stand to’ and man their posts in full kit, ready to repulse enemy attacks or launch their own.

During the ANZAC Dawn Service, the Last Post is sounded first, followed by a minute of silence. The silence is then broken by the Reveille. In military tradition, the Last Post is the bugle call that signifies the end of the day’s activities. It is sounded at commemorative services as well as at military funerals to symbolise that the soldier’s duty is now over and they can rest in peace.

Dawn Services in and near the Box Hill electorate will be held at:

5:45 am The Cenotaph, Box Hill Gardens, Nelson Rd, Box Hill

5:45 am The Shrine, Surrey Gardens, 88-90 Union Rd, Surrey Hills

5:45 am Morton Park Memorial, Central Rd, Blackburn

For information about commemorative services across Victoria, please go to: http://anzaccentenary.vic.gov.au/remembrance/anzacday2016.

Don’t forget to set the alarm and get an early night if you’re planning to go!

(Image and information courtesy of the Australian War Memorial and the Shrine of Remembrance.)