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Renovated Anzac Memorial features in Remembrance Day commemorations

Large crowds are expected to gather in Hyde Park on 11 November 2018, to reflect on the end of World War I.

A special Remembrance Day service will mark a centenary since the guns fell silent on the Western Front after more than 4 years of continuous battle.

Remembrance Day services are usually held at the Cenotaph in Martin Place. However, in 2018, commemorations will move to Hyde Park.

The historic 100th anniversary of the Armistice which ended World War I will be remembered at the newly renovated Anzac Memorial.

The City of Sydney contributed $4 million towards $40 million in improvements which include a new Memorial underground hall of service and water cascades.

The cascades featured in original drawings by English sculptor and memorial designer George Rayner Hoff. However they were never built due to financial constraints of the Great Depression.

Workmen digging with pickaxes. Construction of Anzac War memorial and pool of reflection, December 1932. Credit: City of Sydney Archives.

The City of Sydney is custodian of Hyde Park and trustee of the Anzac Memorial and Reflection Pool. The completion of the Memorial was recommended in the City’s Hyde Park master plan.

The official Remembrance Day service will begin at 10.15am at the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park on Sunday 11 November 2018.

The Anzac Memorial will be open to the public from 11.30am to 5pm.

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