22 Apr, 2016

ANZAC Day in The City

Lord Mayor Martin Haese is inviting everyone to head into the city on Monday 25 April to commemorate ANZAC Day and to pay respect to those who have fallen and those still serving.

The annual dawn service held at the South Australian National War Memorial will start around 6am followed by the ANZAC March at 9:30am. The service will recognise the 85th Anniversary of the SA National War Memorial which opened in 1931.

The March, led by veterans, serving personnel and descendants of veterans begins at the War Memorial and culminates in a service at the Cross of Sacrifice in Pennington Gardens.

Youth Groups from across South Australia will participate in a night-time vigil at the War Memorial commencing on Sunday evening at 6pm and running until the commencement of Monday’s dawn service.

Lord Mayor Martin Haese said that this year’s event would also feature the ANZAC Centenary Memorial Walk, co-funded by City of Adelaide, the Federal Government and the Veteran’s Advisory Council, which commemorates the Centenary of Anzac.

“The ANZAC Centenary Memorial Walk, to be opened on Saturday, marks last year’s centenary of ANZAC and will serve as a permanent acknowledgement to the sacrifice of all Australians affected by war.

“Following the dawn service, the community is invited to view the new ANZAC Centenary Memorial Walk along Kintore Avenue, and visit the ANZAC Day Hub at the Torrens Parade Ground.

“I urge the community to take the time to reflect on those who have sacrificed their lives by attending the dawn service and watching the march, and then stay around to take part in the commemoration activities in the city.”

The Lord Mayor will also lay a wreath at the Light Horse/Royal Australian Armoured Corps Memorial as a representative of the South Australian branch of the RSL to acknowledge all those South Australians who have served in conflicts.

The Union Hotel on Waymouth Street is keeping up its tradition with the annual ANZAC Street Party starting at 10am, with music and entertainment throughout the day from Cornsey’s Allstars, the Bay Big Band, SA Pipes & Drums and Mount Barker Pipes & Drums.

Food stalls and boutique beer and wine will provide refreshments and the annual Legacy Foundation fundraising BBQ will be on site to raise funds to help support the important works of Legacy.

The SANFL’s ANZAC Day tradition returns this year with West Adelaide taking on Woodville-West Torrens at Adelaide Oval.

The SANFL will provide free entry to veterans, current members of the Australian Defence Force and RSL members, and they will donate $200 for every goal kicked to the RSL ANZAC Appeal. For details go to www.adelaideoval.com.au/eventdetail/22103/west-adelaide-v-eagles-anzac-day-grand-final-re-match.aspx.

Rundle Mall will be open from 12 noon until 5pm so people can enjoy brunch at one of the restaurants and cafes open in the city before shopping in the Mall.

Visitors can also help raise funds to support former and serving members of the Australian Defence Forces. Selected car parks adjoining Rundle Mall will donate 50 cents per visit (from 12 noon to 5pm) to support the ANZAC Appeal. For further information please visit www.rundlemall.com/anzac-day-rundle-mall/.

For those attending the Youth Vigil Sunday night, Light Square and Frome Street UParks are open 24 hours a day. Rundle UPark will be open over night from Sunday 24 April to Monday 25 April. Free parking will be provided to anyone entering before 11am on 25 April accommodating Vigil, Dawn Service and March participants (the $7 Sunday flat rate only will apply for those entering on Sunday and staying overnight).

UPark also provides a $7 flat fee at all UParks (apart from Central Market) on Sundays and Public Holidays, or visitors can guarantee their parking by booking online at Topham or Rundle UPark for an extra dollar.

Details of locations and Anzac Day opening hours can be found at www.upark.com.au/whats-on/anzac-day/.

Drivers are not required to purchase a ticket for on-street parking on public holidays, including Anzac Day. However Loading Zones, Permit Zones and Bus Zones still apply so people are encouraged to check parking signs before leaving their car.

There will be multiple road closures and traffic restrictions in place at various times. Please go to cityofadelaide.com.au/explore-the-city/city-travelling-transport/interactive-map to find out more.

Adelaide Metro will run extra services on ANZAC Day to get people to and from the service and the march. Free travel is available on all Adelaide Metro buses, trains and trams for past and present military personnel, people wearing service medals and people carrying a war veteran’s identification card. There will also be a Digger Shuttle running from the Cross of Sacrifice to Victoria Square every 15 minutes after the March from 12.15pm to 1.30pm. To find out more go to www.adelaidemetro.com.au/Announcements/Events/Anzac-Day-2016-services.

A number of buses will be detoured on the day, including the free City Connector service which will run along Frome Road between 5am-12pm (98A City Connector Anticlockwise service) and Kintore Avenue between 12-4pm (98C City Connector Clockwise service ).

For further information about ANZAC Day events please visit www.rslsa.org.au/ANZACDAY.

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Matthew Halliwell