Tomorrow Melbourne will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings with a day of events and festivities throughout the CBD.
The day will begin at 4:30am with free shuttle buses leaving from RSLs in the suburbs to take people to the city dawn service. There will also be early trains on most lines to take people into the city. There will be 40 added services in total.
Veterans will be allowed to travel for free over the weekend providing they wear their uniform, wear their medals or have some other form of proof that they served. Free transport will also be extended to Australian Defence Force members, school students, and Scouts and Guides.
The dawn service commences at 6am and thousands of people are expected to attend and pay their respects. After the dawn service, the 8:15am official wreath laying service will begin followed by the Anzac Day march.
Veterans, their descendants and current serving personnel will march down St Kilda Road starting at the corner of Flinders and Swanston Street. The march will conclude at 1.30pm at the Shrine of Remembrance.
One of the biggest events of the day begins at the MCG at 2.40pm: the Anzac Day AFL game between Collingwood and Essendon. It is expected that 95,000 people will attend the iconic match. Just across the road, the Melbourne Storm host the Manly Sea Eagles at AAMI Park.
City tram service routes have been changed to ensure they do not interfere with the festivities. There will be additional tram services before 5:30am to help people get to the dawn services, but there are no extra regional services.
There will also be extra services on most lines before and after the football to cope with the extra crowds in the Richmond area.
It’s always an amazing day that will be bigger than ever because of the centenary. – Jake Benoiton
Top photo by Jake Benoiton.