The Gallipoli Dawn Service
The ANZAC Day Dawn Service has beeen a tradition since the 1920s. The service commemorates the landing at dawn on the 25th of April 1915 of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, forever afterwards known and remembered as the ANZACs.
The Dawn Service is held all over Australia and New Zealand on 25 April every year; but none has the significance and meaning of the Dawn Service at Gallipoli on the actual landing beach.
Attended by upwards of 10,000 Australian and New Zealanders each year the Dawn Service has become a sacred event to the memory of all who served at Gallipoli; ANZAC, British, Indian, French or Turk.
It is not a celebration, nor a nationalistic display. There is precious little jingoism or flag waving. It is not a party. The Dawn Service is a solemn, sad rememberance of the dead and wounded of all wars and the events that led to their loss.
It is a open display of why we should not forget.
The grief felt by all who attend is manifest. No one can gaze upon that beach and not feel the sadness.