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Anzac Day Dawn Service - Villers-Bretonneux

Anzac Day Dawn Service - Villers-Bretonneux

Tuesday 25 April 2017 - From 01h30 to 09h30

Each year on 25 April, Australians and New Zealanders commemorate Anzac Day in remembrance of their servicemen and women who have served in various wars and peace keeping missions.

ANZAC, the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps,  was formed during the First World War. These troops saw their baptism of fire in Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 before being sent to the Western Front from 1916 where they fought with extreme courage in Belgium and in France, particularly in Villers-Bretonneux, when they helped bring a halt to the German Spring Offensive on the exact same date in 1918.

A poignant Anzac Day Dawn Service is held every year, at 5.30am on 25 April, at the Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux. This ceremony pays particular homage to the Australians who served during the First World War and especially remembers those who fought on the French battlefields and in the Somme. Some 4,000 visitors are expected to attend this service on the 102nd anniversary of Anzac Day.


Ceremony times:

1.00 am: Park and Ride facility opens
1.30am: site opens
2.00am: Pre-programme begins
4.45 am: All visitors to be seated
5.30am: Beginning of Dawn Service
8.30am: Ceremony at the Villers-Bretonneux War Memorial (Villers-Bretonneux town centre)

Attendance passes are now available for Anzac Day Villers-Bretonneux through the following link: https://overseascommemorations.ticketek.com.au  
All visitors and tour operators to the Anzac Day commemorations at Villers-Bretonneux will require an attendance pass to gain entry to the Australian National Memorial and are required to carry identification with them.

Transport Arrangements

The road between Villers-Bretonneux, Corbie and Fouilloy will be closed between 2.00 pm on 24 April and 2.00 pm on 25 April 2017. 

Private vehicles and coaches
A Park and Ride facility will operate from the Géant supermarket carpark, Glisy from 1.00 am on 25 April 2017 for visitors to progress through security screening and board an event shuttle to the commemoration. Visitors will be returned immediately to the Park and Ride facility following the service. Individuals with accessibility requirements are also encouraged to utilise this facility. All coaches are required to use this service.

Individuals without transport: complimentary shuttle buses will be provided to transport passengers with no other transport to the park and ride facility:

  • Amiens Train Station:  2am
  • Place Emile Leturcq, Albert (in front town hall): 1am

A return service will be provided to both locations at 9am from the park and ride car park.

Please download this file to find all the car park locations


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The Somme Departmental Council will provide tea and coffee in a marquee from 3am and during the ceremony.


Services on site

•  Temporary and accessible toilets plus wash basins.
•  Rescue services.
•  A limited number of drinks will be available before and during the ceremony.
•  Rubbish bins.
•  Seating for people with mobility disabilities are available. Please request seating by emailing overseascommmorations@dva.gov.au as quickly as possible as this is limited.

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Useful information

The Australian National Memorial is exposed to the elements and it can be very cold at this time of year. We recommend you wear appropriate, warm and waterproof clothing and shoes.

Venue of event: 
Australian National Memorial
- Villers-Bretonneux