Anzac Day commemorations generally start with a Dawn Service held at the local war memorial. Dawn marks the time of the initial landings at Gallipoli on 25 April 1915 and holds the symbolism of darkness making way for a new day.
The focus of the Dawn Service is primarily military. Returned service personnel march to the war memorial where they are joined by members of the armed forces and the public.
A short service is conducted, generally finishing with the iconic fourth verse of Laurence Binyon's 'For the Fallen':