Dear Friend of Flanders,

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Every year, ANZAC Day pays tribute to the Australian and New Zealand soldiers who fought during WWI. It marks the anniversary of the landing of troops from Australia and New Zealand (ANZAC) on the Gallipoli Peninsula (Turkey) in the First World War on April 25, 1915.
Besides in Australia and New Zealand, ANZAC ceremonies are running in Gallipoli (Turkije), Zonnebeke (Belgium) and Villers-Bretonneux (France). Every year, thousands of people attend these ANZAC ceremonies.

Dawn Service – 6 AM, Polygon wood, Zonnebeke

ANZAC Day commemorations begin in Zonnebeke bright and early at 6 am with the traditional Dawn Service at Buttes New British Cemetery at Polygon Wood, where many soldiers from Australia and New Zealand were laid to rest. The ceremony is followed by a breakfast in ‘OC ‘t Zonnerad’; reservations for breakfast (€5) can be made via the website.
The ceremony is freely accessible. Dawn service starts at 6 am. At 4:30 am the free shuttle service starts from Parking C (Bellewaerde – Frezenbergstraat). After the Dawn Service you can take the shuttlebus to Parking C or to ‘OC ‘t Zonnerad’ for the breakfast. After the breakfast you can take the shuttlebus to Parking C or to CWGC Tyne Cot Cemetery for another ceremony at 9:30 am.
The event, shuttle buses and the breakfast are accessible to people with disabilities.

Tyne Cot Commemoration service – 9.30 am, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke

Traditionally, the Australians and New Zealanders killed in battle are remembered with prayers, blessings, and the Ode to the Fallen. Attendees lay wreaths and commemorative wooden crosses on the graves. A volley by a firing party resonates as a salute, but there is also music: the various national anthems, reveille and, of course, the Last Post.

Procession and Menin Gate Service – 11.10 am, Ypres

The ceremony begins with a procession from the Cloth Hall to the Menin Gate. There, the attendees are welcomed. Prayers are said together, the Ode to the Fallen is recited and there is also music: the various national anthems, reveille and, of course, the Last Post. Wreaths and paper poppies colour the Menin Gate red.

Wreath-laying ceremony at the Belgian War Memorial – 11.35 am Ypres

A procession leaves from the Menin Gate and heads toward the Belgian War Memorial, where a wreath is laid and music is played.
New Zealand Memorial – hour to be determined, Messines (Nieuw Zeelanderstraat)
Traditionally, New Zealanders killed in battle are remembered with music, prayers and blessings. Attendees lay wreaths at the memorial. The ceremony is freely accessible

Ploegsteert Toronto Avenue Cemetery Commemoration Service – 4 pm, Comines-Warneton

Traditionally, the Australians and New Zealanders killed in battle are remembered with prayers, blessings, and the Ode to the Fallen. Attendees lay wreaths and commemorative wooden crosses on the graves. A volley by a firing party resonates as a salute, but there is also music: the various national anthems, reveille and, of course, the Last Post.

Nightly Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate – 8 pm, Ypres
The Last Post is the traditional final salute to the fallen. Buglers from the Last Post Association have sounded this nightly act of homage at the Menin Gate since 1928. They have done so to honour the memory of the soldiers of the former British Empire and its allies, who died in the Ypres Salient during the First World War.

New Zealand Memorial – hour to be determined, Messines (Nieuw Zeelanderstraat)
Traditionally, New Zealanders killed in battle are remembered with music, prayers and blessings. Attendees lay wreaths at the memorial. The ceremony is freely accessible.

ANZAC Day

Where

Lange Dreve 1
8980 Passendale

When

From Sunday, April 25, 2021
To Friday, April 25, 2025

Contact

Accessibility information

Local map

Below you will find an interactive map.

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