The 2021 NSW Remembrance Day service will take place for invited guests at the Cenotaph in Martin Place, Sydney between 10.30am and 11.30am.
The event is being held in line with the NSW Government’s Roadmap for 80 per cent vaccination and has been organised according to the COVID-Safe requirements for outdoor seated events. Event details have been reviewed by NSW Health.
Members of the public wanting to attend and be seated at the service should contact NSW Protocol: firstname.lastname@example.org or 02 9513 2059.
Please contact our Access and Inclusion Officer, Karen Wade on email@example.com or 02 9228 4613 to pre-register for seating in the designated accessible viewing area.
To protect the health and wellbeing of NSW citizens, guests attending the service will be required under the NSW Public Health order to have received both doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine or have received a medical exemption. Guests who are unable to provide proof of vaccination or exemption will not be allowed entry.
Strict COVID-19 health measures will be in place at the Cenotaph to which attendees will be required to adhere to. As an outdoor event, masks are not mandatory but are encouraged where physical distancing cannot be maintained.
Proof of vaccination
As a requirement of entry, all invited guests, all members of the public in the seated area and all staff or event participants (including employees and contractors) are required to provide proof of vaccination or a medical exemption.
If you attend the Martin Place service
Limited seating will be provided for members of the public. These attendees must provide proof of vaccination (or proof of a medical exemption), and check-in via a QR code, in order to enter the site.
Please note, this seating area will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. When this section is filled, members of the public will be asked to view the service from another area. Members of the public are reminded to maintain physical distancing. There will be a large screen to enable more people to view the service without crowding, there is also the option to watch the live stream of the service from home.
Acknowledgement of country
The Remembrance Day service at Martin Place will take place on the lands of the Gadigal people of the Eora nation. We pay respect to their elders past, present and emerging, and acknowledge all the Aboriginal men and women who have served in Australia’s Defence forces.
How to mark Remembrance Day
The First World War Armistice came into effect at 11am. To commemorate the occasion, we stop at 11am for one minute of silence to remember those who served during the First World War and those who have died in conflicts since.
Australians are encouraged to attend a local COVID-19 safe event, or to pause in their homes, schools or workplaces and remember.
The NSW Office for Veterans Affairs has developed some tools to assist with local services, including links to the Ode, the Last Post and Rouse. Visit the NSW Veterans Affairs NSW website for more information.
Order of service
Watch the service
Watch a recording of the 2021 Remembrance Day Service at Martin Place in Sydney.
As a continuation of the commemorations for the centenary of the Royal Australian Air Force, and 60th anniversary of the Spitfire Association, a flyover will take place on Remembrance Day.
A C-130 Hercules from 37 Squadron RAAF Base Richmond will fly over Sydney CBD from 10:30am before returning to RAAF Base Richmond.
Poppy Projections on the Sydney Opera House
The sails of the Sydney Opera House will again be illuminated with poppies on Remembrance Day to commemorate the service and sacrifice of our veterans and current serving personnel. The projections will commence at 8:00pm on Thursday, 11 November and conclude at 11:00pm.
COVID Safe Remembrance Days across NSW
Many local community and sub-Branch commemorations fall into the category of ‘COVID safe outdoor gatherings’ which permit up to 200 people, which have a COVID-19 Safety Plan in place.