On the morning of 25 April 1915, the Anzacs set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula in order to open the Dardanelles to the allied forces. The objective was to capture Constantinople (now Istanbul in Turkey).
The ANZACS landed on Gallipoli and met fierce resistance form the Turkish defenders, and the campaign dragged on for eight months. At the end of 1915 the allied forces were evacuated, over 8,000 Australian soldiers lost their lives.
The 25th of April soon became the day on which Australians and New Zealanders remembered the sacrifice of those who lost their lives in that war.
Today, the meaning of Anzac Day includes the remembrance of all Australians and New Zealanders who have served in military operations.
The Northern Territory Government supports programs and activities to increase community awareness and understanding of Anzac Day and to also commemorate all Australians and New Zealanders who served.
A program of commemoration events will be held across the Northern Territory on 25 April 2021.
6am - Dawn Service, Darwin Cenotaph
9am - Anzac Day March, Esplanade end of Knuckey Street.
4:30am - Gunfire breakfast, Cazalys
6am - Dawn Service, Memorial Park
7am - Breakfast, Cazalys
9am - Anzac Day March, former Bunnings car park
11am - Two-up, Cazalys, Palmerston Golf Club and Landmark Hotel.
6am - VMCNT Dawn Service – Freds Pass Anglican Church, followed by a Gunfire Breakfast (gold coin donation)
6am - Dawn Service, Humpty Doo and Rural Area Golf Club
9am - Anzac Day March, Challoner Circuit, followed by Memorial Service.
5am - Dawn Service, Adelaide River War Cemetery
7:30am - Gunfire Breakfast, Adelaide River Show Society.
5:45am - Dawn Service, Gove Boat Club
10am - Memorial Service, Nhulunbuy Cenotaph
11am – Anzac Day Activities, Cat Shed
5am - Gunfire Breakfast, Katherine Country Club
6am - Dawn Service, Katherine Cenotaph
7am - Breakfast, Katherine Country Club
9:30am - Anzac Day March, Katherine Terrace.
6am - Dawn Service, Tennant Creek RSL, followed by Gunfire Breakfast
9:30am - Anzac Day March, Transit Centre
10am - Anzac Day Service, Tennant Creek RSL.
6am - Dawn Service, Alice Springs Garden Cemetery War Memorial
7am - Reunion Breakfast, Alice Springs Garden Cemetery War Memorial
9:20am - Form up for the Anzac Day March in front of the Alice Springs Town Council
9:30am - Anzac Day March steps off
10am - Anzac Day Mid-Morning Service, Anzac Oval
11:30am - Reunion Lunch, Alice Springs Golf Club, two-up and military display.
Light up the Anzac Spirit
The Northern Territory Government in partnership with Shane Eecen, Creative Light Solutions has launched the Light up the Anzac Spirit project, illuminating public spaces with imagery to commemorate Anzac Day.
The illuminated spaces in Darwin and Palmerston will pay tribute to the men and women who have served during WWI to present day.
The Light up the Anzac Spirit project will run from Monday 19 to Sunday 25 April between 7pm and 9:30pm each night in the following locations:
- Paspalis Centrepoint Building in the Smith Street Mall
- Hilton Hotel on Mitchell Street
- Cenotaph on the Esplanade
- Parliament House.
- Palmerston Water Tower in Goyder Square.
Take the time to honour and remember those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.