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Australian War Memorial announces Anzac Day 2021 crowd limits

There will be 4,200 people permitted to attend the Australian War Memorial Dawn Service in Canberra on Anzac Day 2021, according to reports from the ABC. 

Later that day, 3,000 people may attend the National Ceremony, which traditionally includes the veterans’ march, a Commemorative Address, and hymns.

The War Memorial received approval from ACT Health to hold both Anzac Day events, provided COVID appropriate measures were in place, including a condition that the event must be ticketed and contained in a fenced area.

It is reported priority will be given to veterans for ticket allocation, and tickets will be available online from 10am Monday, 22 March.

The last full capacity Anzac Day events were in 2019, when an estimated crowd of 35,000 visitors gathered at the War Memorial for the Dawn Service on Thursday 25 April.

An estimated 10,000 people attended the 2019 National Ceremony and veterans’ march.

Most Anzac Day events were cancelled in 2020, including traditional services at the War Memorial.

Instead, many Australians opted to stand in their driveway and observe a minute of silence at dawn.

In Canberra, small groups gathered for an unofficial, socially distanced ceremony on Simpsons Hill in Chisolm to light candles, and a former serviceman played the last post.

The Anzac Day 2021 march in Sydney’s CBD will be capped at 5,000, according to reports from The Sydney Morning Herald.

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