New Zealand High Commission London, United Kingdom
Anzac Day services held in London
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'Lest We Forget'
Thursday 25 April 2013
5.00am: Dawn Service, Australian War Memorial, Hyde Park Corner
The main service will take place at the Australian War Memorial. Following the service, wreaths will be laid at the New Zealand Memorial. The service lasts approximately 45 minutes, and is a non-ticketed event open to the public. We suggest arriving from 4.40am.
09.30am: Gallipoli Association Service and Wreath Laying ceremony, St Paul’s Cathedral
The Gallipoli Association organise a short Service and Wreath Laying ceremony held in the Crypt of St Paul’s Cathedral at the Gallipoli Memorial. The Service begins at 0930 on Thursday 25 April 2013, with arrival requested by 0915. Everyone is most welcome to attend the service. For more information please contact the Gallipoli Association via www.gallipoli-association.org. Please note the High Commission is not involved with the organisation of this service.
11.00am: Wreath Laying Ceremony and Parade, The Cenotaph, Whitehall
Following a march on to Whitehall, a requiem is read, and at 11.00am the High Commissioners for New Zealand and Australia lay the first wreaths. They are followed by representatives of other countries, as well as representatives from various service and ex-service organisations.
Arrival before 10.30am is recommended. This service will conclude at approx 11.15am, allowing time for the short walk to Westminster Abbey for the Commemorative Service (see below).
Arrival on foot from the Trafalgar Square or Parliament Square ends of Whitehall is recommended. If travelling by public transport, the most convenient tube stations are Westminster and Charing Cross.
While tickets are not required to observe the wreath laying ceremony, passes are required for those wishing to participate in the Parade.
12.00 noon: Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving, Westminster Abbey
On completion of the Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Cenotaph, there is a Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving to mark Anzac Day at Westminster Abbey at 12.00 noon. Guests need to be seated at the Abbey by 11.45 am. The service is approximately one hour.