Former Governor-General Sir William Deane said it best when he described the meaning of ANZAC Day as:
“Courage, and endurance, and duty, and love of country, and mateship, and good humour and the survival of a sense of self-worth and decency in the face of dreadful odds.”
Commemorating the sacrifices that soldiers have made throughout our history, ANZAC Day is a watershed moment in both Australia and New Zealand’s national identities, with a legacy that endures even in the present.
Not only was it the first time we went to war as a nation, but it also gave birth to the idea of Australia (and New Zealand) as separate from Britain.
The 25th of April has been one of the most important holidays in both Australia and across the Tasman.
Each year, Melburnians brace the chilly cold of an early April morning and make their way down to the Shrine of Remembrance to participate in the Dawn Service.
ANZAC Day parking at Le Garage
If you’re searching for ANZAC Day parking in the CBD, choose Le Garage. Not only are we conveniently located only 10 minutes walk away from the Shrine, but on ANZAC Day, parking is just $2 when you enter between 4am and 11am.
$1 from each sale will go directly to the ANZAC Appeal.
Le Garage supports the ANZAC Appeal, an initiative of the Returned and Services League Australia (RSL). The appeal helps current and former service personnel and their families who are in need of support and assistance.
Support your veterans and choose Le Garage for ANZAC Day parking.
Melbourne’s CBD on Anzac Day
In the trenches of Gallipoli, France and Belgium, dawn and dusk were the most advantageous time for either side to launch an attack – soldiers would be roused either to repel enemy attacks or to launch raids of their own.
Hosted at the Shrine of Remembrance just down the road from the CBD, the Dawn Service harkens back to this wartime practice.
Beginning at 6am, many start gathering at the Shrine from as early as 4am to commemorate and honour the sacrifices made by members of the Australian military throughout history.
Similar services are observed on ANZAC Day at all of the country’s major cities, as well as smaller shrines throughout the suburbs and regional towns.
There is no allocated areas – spots go on a first come, first served basis and people are encouraged to arrive early and prepare for all weather conditions.
ANZAC Day March
The Dawn Service is followed up by the annual ANZAC Day March.
Starting at 9am, the march is led by thousands of veterans and current serving soldiers, as well as their descendants and relatives honouring veterans who have since passed on.
Marching down at St Kilda Road and finishing at the Shrine, the annual march allows relatives and the general public to honour those who served and those that never returned.
Concluding the ANZAC March by 1pm, a special commemorative service takes place at the Shrine Forecourt where the Governor of Victoria will deliver a speech commemorating the sacrifices made by Australia’s diggers.
This is then followed by the laying of a wreath and a playing of The Last Post, signifying that a soldier’s watch has ended, symbolically putting the fallen to rest.
The 2018 ANZAC Day Clash
One essential piece of Australiana meets another in the traditional AFL Anzac Day Clash at the MCG.
Every year, the Bombers and Pies face off at the MCG in one of the biggest matches of any footy fan’s calendar, drawing in thousands of supporters of either side.
The first bounce is at 3.20pm and the match is preceded by the annual ANZAC Day commemoration, including the playing of The Last Post.
Make Le Garage part of your ANZAC Day
Whether you’re looking for Dawn Service parking or need MCG parking for the ANZAC Day clash, take away the stress of city parking thanks to Le Garage.
Save time (and money) by booking your spot for the footy online in advance. Book now! For the special ANZAC Day $2 parking rate, you do not need to book online. Just show up and enter the car park between 4am and 11am*.
*Normal rates apply after 11am.
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