ANZAC Day 2020, Villers-Bretonneux
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Anzac Day 2020

  • 25April
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Anzac Day

25 April 2020

Australians and New Zealanders commemorate Anzac Day (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) in remembrance of their servicemen and women who have served in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

This year on 25 April 2020  the Anzac Day Dawn Service will be held at 5:30 am at the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux, Northern France. In addition to the Anzac Day Dawn Service, a week of commemorative events will take place in Villers-Bretonneux including sportive events, concerts, walks of remembrance.

A shuttle service will operate between Amiens and Villers-Bretonneux for the Anzac Day Dawn Service.

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Useful Information

The ceremony will be held on Saturday 25 April 2020, at the Australian National Memorial just north of the village of Villers-Bretonneux in Northern France.

3:00am: Australian National Memorial site opens
4:00am: Pre-service program commences
5:30am: Official Anzac Day Dawn Service commences
6.30am : Conclusion of the service
8.30am : Villers-Bretonneux Town Service (French Service)
3.00pm : Bullecourt Town Service (French Service) in the village centre - Square du Souvenir Français
4.00pm : Australian Service at the Digger Memorial - on the outskirts of Bullecourt

 

Check your visa requirements and register to attend (available soon) the Anzac Day Dawn Service.

If you have not received your attendance pass please email: overseascommemorations@dva.gov.au .

A shuttle service will operate between Amiens train station and the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux.

Learn more about this Anzac Day Dawn Service.

Visit the Sir John Monash Centre

Bookings are required for group and individual bookings from 22 to 28 April 2020. On 25 April, the SJMC will open at 8.30am.

Book your visit to the Sir John Monash Centre

Set behind the Australian National Memorial and just next to Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, the Sir John Monash Centre is a key site on the Australian Remembrance Trail on the Western Front.
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Anzac Day Shuttle Service

SHUTTLE 1 (long itinerary) : Amiens - Australian National Memorial - Villers-Bretonneux Town Centre - Amiens : Meeting at 3.00 am. Departure at 3.15 am in front of the train station by the Perret tower (Boulevard Alsace Lorraine). Expected return at 11.30am at Amiens.

This itinerary will enable you to attend the Villers-Bretonneux town service, participate with local activities like the Remembrance Market and visit the Franco-Australian Museum.

 

SHUTTLE 2 (short itinerary) : Amiens - Australian National Memorial - Amiens : Meeting at 3.00 am. Departure at 3.15 am in front of the train station by the Perret tower (Boulevard Alsace Lorraine). Expected return at 8.30am at Amiens.

 

 

Prohibited items

The following items are prohibited at the commemorative services :

  • Dangerous or hazardous items of any kind including fireworks, flares, lasers and smoke canisters
  • Large backpacks or luggage (day-packs, e.g. aircraft cabin bag sized are acceptable)
  • Camping equipment including tents, folding chairs and stretchers
  • Opened bottles of liquid Flammable liquids
  • Smoking at the Commemorative site
  • Weapons or sharp objects, including umbrellas (a poncho will be issued in the information pack provided)
  • Large objects
  • Hiking poles (medical aids, such as walkers and walking sticks will be permitted subject to medical need)
  • Large flags or banners
  • Professional photographic equipment (e.g. large zoom lenses – no larger than 100mm, audio visual or cinematographic devices apart from accredited media)
  • ‘Selfie’ sticks and large camera tripods
  • Drones and remote-control devices
  • Any other item that might compromise public safety or enjoyment of the Commemoration or that is illegal under the laws of Australia or the host country.

Lenses with a total focal strength of greater than 100mm or any other commercial digital video equipment are not permitted at this Commemorative service. In order to preserve the solemnity of the commemoration, and as this service will be broadcast live, roaming by the general public to take photos during the service is not permitted. Accredited media will also be restricted to a media zone area.
These items must be left on your coach or vehicle. Visitors to the commemorative services are screened by security personnel upon entry to the sites and bags are scanned or checked. Prohibited items will be confiscated upon entry to the site and may be destroyed.

In the Digger's footsteps

On the Western Front
 

The Somme Battlefields will forever hold an important place in Australian and New Zealand memory. A poignant Anzac Day Service is held every year at the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux in Northern France.

After their baptism of fire in Galipolli, 1915, the Anzacs were deployed to the Western Front, where they played an important role in the Somme in 1918.

A century ago, these quiet towns, villages and fields of Northern France witnessed the triumphs, tragedy and unimaginable loss of Australia's forces.

Today, reminders of their great sacrifice can be seen across the Western Front. No family was left untouched by the devastation this war caused, and today a journey to the battlefields of the Somme is always a very poignant experience.

Information about the

Ceremony

  1. The ceremony will be held on Saturday, 25 April 2020
  2. 3:00am: Australian National Memorial site opens
    4:00am: Pre-service program commences
    5:30am: Official Anzac Day Dawn Service commences
  3. Register your attendance (available soon) to attend the ceremony
  4. Check your visa requirements
  5. Learn more about this Anzac Day Dawn Service

How to get to

Villers-Bretonneux

  1. By bus/shuttle
    A shuttle service will be organized by the Somme Tourist Board between the train station of Amiens and the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux.
  2. By train
    Trains operate between Amiens and Villers-Bretonneux. Check out tickets and dates on the French National Railway Company website.
  3. By car
    Villers-Bretonneux is 30 min away from Amiens.

Useful

Information

It's easy to plan a trip to the Somme Battlefields ! Different types of accommodation, in the city of Amiens, or other villages and towns close to the battlefields, can be booked on this website.

You can also find information about our official Somme Battlefield guides, who can arrange standard or tailor-made tours of the battlefields just for you.

  • Staying in/near Amiens
  1. Find the best hotel during your stay in Amiens.
  2. Looking for French warmth and friendliness ? Check out the guest houses of the Somme Battlefields' Partner network.