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Anzac Day 2024: Playford Remembers

Anzac Day 2024: Playford Remembers
Published 3 April 2024
Playford remembers Anzac Day 2024, through a series of events and services across our city.

Dawn Service

There are a number of Dawn Services held across Playford for the community to pay their respects on ANZAC Day, with the City of Playford hosting an event at Smithfield Memorial Gardens.

City of Playford Dawn Service, Cross of Remembrance

The City of Playford community and visitors are invited to join the City of Playford’s Mayor Glenn Docherty and Pastor Bryan Sellars to commemorate and pay tribute to past and present servicemen and women.

  • Thursday, 25 April 2024
  • Cross of Remembrance Memorial, Smithfield Memorial Gardens, Anderson Walk, Smithfield.
  • 6am - Start
Elizabeth RSL 2023 ANZAC Day Dawn Service
  • Thursday, 25 April 2024
  • 70 Midway Road, Elizabeth East SA 5112
  • 6am - Start

For further information contact the Elizabeth RSL on 8255 7670.

One Tree Hill ANZAC Day Dawn Service
  • Thursday, 25 April 2024
  • One Tree Hill Institute, 1009 Blacktop Road, One Tree Hill
  • 6am - Start

For further information contact Tabatha Pettigrew - President, One Tree Hill Progress Association at


Overnight Vigil

The City of Playford is proud to host commemorations with a strong youth focus, with young people aged between 12 to 18 leading an Overnight Vigil at the Smithfield Cross of Remembrance.

The City of Playford works in partnership with local service groups to deliver the overnight vigil at the Cross of Remembrance at Smithfield, including Edinburgh Park Scout Group, Ridley District Scouts, St John Cadets, Playford District Girl Guides and volunteer youth groups. Members participate in the vigil's opening ceremony, with the mounting of the Honour Guard, a flag raising ceremony and hat placing ceremony.

Groups then guard the Cross of Remembrance in 30-minute shifts until the dawn service on ANZAC morning and the standing down of the youth guard.

Opening Ceremony information:

Wednesday, 24 April 2024 Cross of Remembrance Memorial, Smithfield Memorial Gardens, Anderson Walk, Smithfield. 6.30pm - Start

Old Smithfield and Wartime Walking Tours

Step back in time, as the City of Playford commemorates ANZAC Day with two special history walking tours.

On this one-hour walking tour, learn about the Smithfield Memorial Gardens on Anderson Walk and hear about the early days of the old Smithfield township. Discover the young people who answered His Majesty's call, leaving a mark on this vital service village.

Admission is priced at $5 per person and proceeds from ticket sales go towards supporting the RSL Elizabeth branch.

Attendees receive an ANZAC biscuit, baked by the Healthy Food Co. Smithfield Plains as a sweet treat to end the tour.

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Illuminating our past

Once again, the faces of those who served in the First World War will feature as part of a light installation onto the wall of Windsor Carpark, on the corner of Main North Road and Philip Highway to commemorate ANZAC Day.