25 April marks the landing of the Anzac troops in Gallipoli in 1915 and it means another public holiday is coming, just right after the Easter long weekend. It is safe to say 2019 has been a good year so far!  

If you still haven’t got any plan for this day or just want to escape from those dreadful assignments for a little while, you are in luck. Here is your dawn to dusk guide on how to spend Anzac Day in the nation’s capital.  

4.30 am – Attend the Anzac Day Canberra Dawn Service  

A fundamental part of any Anzac Day celebration is the dawn service. And if you want to experience Anzac Day like a true Canberran, attending the sawn service at the Australian War Memorial is a must.  

The dawn service begins at 5.30 am and this year’s dawn service commemorative address will be delivered by Corporal Mark Donaldson VC. It is reported to expect tens-of-thousands attendees.   

Transport Canberra is offering free public transport to the dawn service, so you can get there without any fuss. You can pre-register to secure your seats now via their website. The pick-up locations for the service include Gungahlin bust station, Westfield Belconnen, Woden bus station and Tuggeranong bus station.  

10 am: Spend a morning at the Australian War Memorial  

After attending the dawn service, why not spend your morning at the Australian War Memorial? You’re already there anyway.  

Recognised as one of the must-visit spots in Canberra, the Australian War Memorial is a world-class museum, a shrine and an extensive archive all-in-one place. You can discover the diverse Australian experiences of war and connect with the stories of people and events that shape our nation.  

Free public tours are available daily. You can check out their schedules via its website.  

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The war memorial movement was under way even before the First World War had ended. With almost two-fifths of men aged between 18 and 44 enlisting in the Australian Imperial Force, every community was touched by the war. This week we take a look at the stories behind the hometown memorials of our Australian Men's Cricket Team. In Cricket Captain Tim Paine's hometown of Hobart is a war memorial dedicated to a cricketer who served in the First World War. Before joining Australia’s First World War campaign, William Keith Eltham represented Tasmania in cricket against England, South Africa, Victoria, and New South Wales. Eltham was wounded while serving at Gallipoli but remained there until the evacuation in December. He spent several months in Egypt, during which time he sent reports to The Mercury on football and cricket matches among the troops, including Tasmania’s victory over Western Australia in March 1916. Eltham arrived in France at the end of March 1916 and transferred to 1st Field Artillery Brigade on 17 May. He was wounded in action on 4 November 1916 with a gunshot wound to the left buttock, and was invalided to England for medical treatment. He returned to France and re-joined the 1st Field Artillery Brigade on 22 December 1916. Just over a week later William Eltham was killed in action by shell-fire at Flers on 31 December 1916. The Hobart City Council honoured Eltham on Remembrance Day 2015 when the new sporting pavilion at the Soldiers’ Memorial Oval on the Queens Domain was named after him. On his recent visit to the Australian War Memorial, Paine placed a poppy on the Roll of Honour next to the name of the former cricketer. Read more of the stories behind the hometown memorials of our Australian Men's Cricket Team: https://www.awm.gov.au/cricket-memorials #MyMemorial #PlacesOfPride #AWMemorial #CricketAustralia #HonourTheirSpirit

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1 pm: Get lost in Love & Desire at the NGA  

Let’s wind down and enter a stunning world of Love & Desire, and experience all things romance at the National Gallery of Australia, before they bid their farewell to Canberra by the end of this week.  

The exhibition features 40 of the Tate’s most famous and best-loved works. You can immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of brilliant colour, meticulous detail and exquisite painting layering in paintings inspired by the great love stories of history and literature. Admire and fall in love masterpieces like John Everett Millais’ Ophelia, William Holman Hunt’s The Awakening conscience and John William Waterhouse’s The Lady of Shalott. 

6 pm: Hit the big screen  

Well, you may already know but here is a little reminder –Avengers: Endgame is here!  

And what’s a better way to end your day off with one of the most anticipating blockbusters of 2019. As our superheroes would say “Let’s finish this, whatever it takes!”.   

Avengers: Endgame is now showing at local cinemas in Canberra.  

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