Anzac Day 2013

The ADF on Anzac Day

On Anzac Day we remember not only the original Anzacs who died on 25 April 1915, but every one of our service men and women who have served and died in all wars, conflicts, peacekeeping, disaster relief and humanitarian assistance missions.

Anzac Day is a time to reflect on the contribution made by all of our past and present service men and women who have displayed great courage, discipline and self-sacrifice in choosing a life of service to their country.

More than 3,000 ADF members are currently deployed on operations, continuing the Anzac spirit while serving Australia’s national interests at home and in many countries around the world.

Our service men and women are doing an exceptional job contributing to the international campaign against terrorism, maritime security in the Middle East Area of Operations and countering piracy in the Gulf of Aden; contributing to various UN missions; and assisting and enhancing security and stability in our region, including border protection duties in Australia’s maritime domain.

The Anzac spirit lives on in the hearts and minds of all Australians as we acknowledge the courage and sacrifice of those who have contributed so much in shaping the identity of this proud nation.

Anzac Day is also a time to acknowledge the vital role of all those who have served on the home front, providing support and boosting the morale of their deployed loved ones.

Australia's Federation Guard and French Defence members present wreaths during the 2012 Anzac Day Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Town Square French Monument in Villers-Bretonneux, France.
Australia's Federation Guard and French Defence members present wreaths during the 2012 Anzac Day Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Town Square French Monument in Villers-Bretonneux, France.

Dawn of the Anzac legend

25 April 1915 is a date etched in Australia’s history. Its anniversary is commemorated across the country each year as Anzac Day. To many this is Australia’s most important national day.

The Australian War Memorial has an online exhibition that tells the story of the Australians who landed at Gallipoli, and of the creation of the Anzac legend.

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs also sponsors a number of websites about Gallipoli and other theatres of war.

Visit the websites to gain an in-depth understanding of Gallipoli and the Anzacs and the Commemoration of Australia’s Wartime Heritage.

Anzac Day tradition

Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

Read about the Anzac Day tradition at the Australian War Memorial website.

Traditional commemorative services include:

Anzac Day 2013 events

Further information on events in Australia and overseas can be found at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs website, including guides on how to organise a commemorative ceremony.

Royal Australian Navy participation in 2013 Anzac Day events is listed on the Events calendar.

Navy officers and sailors from HMAS Watson march past the Martin Place Cenotaph in Sydney.
Navy officers and sailors from HMAS Watson march past the Martin Place Cenotaph in Sydney.

Navy and Anzac Day

Find out more about the Royal Australian Navy's involvement in the Gallipoli campaign.

Anzac Day mail to service personnel

The Australian Defence Force has established special mailing addresses for members of the public, Telstra's Messages to the Troops and care packages (service now closed) to service men and women serving on operations overseas.