Anzac Spirit in London

While we may not be able to pick up a packet of Anzac biscuits from our closest supermarket and attend the dawn service at our local spot, London does a wonderful job of commemorating Anzac Day.

Today, 25 April, marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

The commemorative day is dedicated to the contributions of Australia and New Zealand to all wars, remembering those who have given their lives in service to their country.

Services in London:

5.00am Dawn Service
Location: New Zealand Memorial, Hyde Park Corner
The service will take place at the New Zealand Memorial on Hyde Park Corner.  The public are able to attend this service which lasts for approximately 45 minutes. Following this service the official party will then attend the Australian War Memorial, including His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales, Ms Meghan Markle, the High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Australian and New Zealand defence personnel. This service alternates each year between the Australian War Memorial and the New Zealand Memorial.

11.00am Wreath Laying Ceremony and Parade
Location: The Cenotaph, Whitehall
Following a march onto Whitehall, a requiem is read. The High Commissioners for New Zealand and Australia will be in attendance to the first wreaths.  Wreaths are then laid by representatives of the UK government, High Commissioners and Ambassadors, as well as representatives from various service and ex-service organisations.

12.00pm Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving
Locations: Westminster Abbey
The Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving to mark Anzac Day takes place in the beautiful Westminster Abbey.

Similar services, like those listed above, take place around the world, demonstrating the wonderful Anzac spirit of yesterday and today. Lest we forget.