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Commemorating our ANZAC’s

Commemorating our ANZAC’s
Published 12 March 2021
ANZAC commemorations provides us with an opportunity to remember those who have fought and served in all wars; conflicts and peace operations and especially remember the more than 100,000 who have given their lives in service.

ANZAC commemorations provides us with an opportunity to remember those who have fought and served in all wars; conflicts and peace operations and especially remember the more than 100,000 who have given their lives in service.

No place is unaffected by war, the City of Playford is no exception. The story of war encompasses more than those who fought and currently serve, it includes those who remain behind. The women and men whose wives and husbands enlist, the mothers and fathers who wonder at their son or daughter’s fate, the children who miss out on having their father, mother or family around. War touches many of us and continues to do so today.

Here is how we are marking ANZAC Day in 2021:

Commemorative events

ANZAC Commemorations: Overnight Vigil

Join us at 7.30pm on Saturday, 24 April for the Overnight Vigil opening ceremony.

Our Overnight Vigil is coordinated by local service groups including the Ridley District Scouts, St John Cadets, Playford District Girl Guides, Dalkeith CFS and Multi-National Pathfinders Club.

View the Overnight Vigil event listing below for additional information.

ANZAC Commemorations: Dawn Service

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.

Pay tribute at our Dawn Service at 6am on Sunday, 25 April at the Cross of Remembrance Memorial, Smithfield Memorial Gardens, Anderson Walk, Smithfield.

Gates open from 4:30am, with entry via Anderson Walk. This is a fenced event.

View the Dawn Service event listing for additional information.


COVID Safe principals will be in place at our ANZAC Day commemorations with social-distancing, contact tracing and hygiene.

All attendees will be required to COVID SAfe check-in via QR code or paper records.

Pease note, the Overnight Vigil is operating under an approved COVID-Safe Plan, and the Dawn Service is operating under an approved COVID Management Plan, both events are subject to the directions at the time of the event.

The City of Playford reserves the right to alter or cancel this event based on changes in COVID-19 restrictions from SA Health, SAPOL or the South Australian Government.

Alternative commemorations in Playford

ANZAC Day at home:

ANZAC Day is the day all Australians come together in remembrance.

If you are unable to join our ANZAC Day commemorations, show your support for our ANZACs at home.

On Saturday, 6am we invite you to light up the dawn at the end of your driveway, on your balcony, in your living room or at your farmgate to remember all those who have served and sacrificed.

Light a candle, lay a wreath, decorate your driveway or listen to the ‘Last Post’ (if you can) and remember our past and present servicemen and women. Lest we forget.

You can also pay your respects through live broadcasts on television, radio and the internet.

The Australian War Memorial has some great ideas on how you can mark the day from home, visit:

Light installation:

The faces of Playford men and women who served in the First World War will feature as part of a light installation onto the Windsor Carpark, on the corner of Main North Road and Phillip Highway to commemorate ANZAC Day.

The projection will take place from Friday, 23 to Saturday, 24 April between 5.30 to 9:30pm.

Alternative local services

Elizabeth RSL 2021 ANZAC Day Dawn Service

  • Sunday, 25 April 2021
  • 70 Midway Road, Elizabeth East SA 5112


  • 5.15am – Gates and Club-room open (free tea and coffee available in the Clubrooms)
  • 5.50am - Assemble ready for service to commence
  • 6.00am – Catafalque party enters
  • 6.30am – Dawn Service finishes/Catafalque party exits
  • 6.30am – Bar opens (Drinks may be purchased at special ANZAC Day prices)
  • 7.00am – BBQ breakfast available for a gold coin donation
  • 9.00am– Two Up and Crown & Anchor
  • 2.00pm – Elizabeth Pipe Band performance

After the service and during the day, background Australian themed music and video clips will be played on the big screen.

Their event is being run under a COVID-Safe Plan so they are capped at 1,000.

For further information contact the Elizabeth RSL on 8255 7670.