Anzac Day: Dawn service limited to 4200 people

Canberra's 2021 dawn service will be limited to 4200 people. Picture: Karleen Minney
Canberra's 2021 dawn service will be limited to 4200 people. Picture: Karleen Minney

The Anzac Day 2021 dawn service will go ahead in Canberra with tickets available from 10am March 22 via the Australian War Memorial.

ACT health has provided the memorial andawn service will be limited to 4200 people, with priority given to veterans and their families.

Meanwhile ACT Health will allow 3000 people at the National Ceremony.

Speaking on ABC Canberra Radio, Australian War Memorial Director Matt Anderson said the memorial had contingency plans for veterans attending the event who have lost tickets, including an overflow area.

However Mr Anderson stressed that people should book tickets ahead.

"That's the maximum we can achieve based on the physical limitations of keeping people socially distanced, so it is fixed.

"We can't stop people turning up, but what we can do [is] encourage people to be ready to register and book."

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Mr Anderson said running a COVID-safe dawn service was particularly important to the memorial.

"When you think about veterans, some of them are amongst the most vulnerable in the community, [the most] at-risk groups affected by COVID-19," he said.

"We want to honour them, we're determined to honour them on Anzac Day, but we want to do so in a way that's safe and manageable."

Mr Anderson said the memorial would run events other events leading up to the dawn service, including projections of historical images on the building over two nights before Anzac Day.

"We'll be encouraging people to attend the memorial throughout the day and [encouraging people] to attend the Last Post ceremony.

"There are a number of options for people who want to gather and remember."

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