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Flag use on Anzac Day (Australia)

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Flag Protocol on Anzac Day

The Australian Government encourages citizens to fly their national flag on 25 April ([the anniversary of the Gallipoli landing in] 1915). Flags [should be] flown at half mast till noon, then at the peak for the remainder of the day.
Nigel Morris, 7 June 2002

The Anzac Day Commemoration Web Site discusses in some detail the protocol for displaying the Australian flag during Anzac Day commemoration services.
Ron Lahav, 16 May 2005

Flags in Anzac Day parades

[At the beginning of the Sydney Anzac Day Parade], there were a bunch of flags at the beginning called "Anzac flags" by the commentator. These were the colour flashes of the various units centered on a khaki field. I remember that Miles mentioned these were strictly decorative (i.e. no historicity nor modern usage outside of the parade).
Marc Pasquin, 2 July 2005

Units do not march behind units colours, but behind banners that might be called veterans' flags. Some of them look like military colours at first glance, but these are not really official unit colours. (Tell-tale sign: the badges are printed or sewn onto the flags, rather than embroidered on them.)
Miles Li, 3 July 2005

There was one [a veteran's flag] (for TS Vindicatrix; carried by 2 men using a stiff frame) which was appeared to be a unit colour originally: there were fringes around 3 sides and a white sleeve on the fourth. It is an unusual one in that it is a red ensign defaced on the fly with a ship badge and its name above in gold. The TS Vindicatrix was a training ship operated by the navy to train personnel that would serve in the merchant marine.

Just before the naval reserve association was a man carrying a flag which had a blue field, a Royal Australian Navy ensign in canton, some writing in gold along the bottom and some sort of badge on the fly.
Marc Pasquin, 2 July 2005