Australia recognises April 25th as a day of remembrance to the heroic service and sacrifice of our war veterans and has done so since the early 1900’s. Commemoration services start at dawn, the time of the original landing in Gallipoli (pictured below), as people bring candle to honour those who have sacrificed.
Followed later in the day by former service men and women taking part in a march through major cities and smaller centres, as people gather to pay their respects to past and present service members. (See below)
At the completion of the service, local leagues and services clubs provide the location for all Australians to come together to pay their respects, even have a game of two up as per tradition.
However, this year will be different. For the first time in a long time this ANZAC Day there will be no public dawn services, no commemorations, no gatherings at the local RSL club. None of the many familiar traditions that we have become accustomed with will be held this Saturday.
Health authorities and the government have strongly advised against any gatherings this ANZAC day, to further prevent the spread of the corona virus. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Australians will be forced to pay their respects and commemorations to those past and present at home this year.
There are many ways that you can honour those who served. Below are a list of ways that can you can pay your respects this year:
- Tune in to the dawn service on ABC at 5.30am live from the Australian National War Memorial.
- Get in contact with veterans or current service men and women to check in and have a chat.
- Donate to the ANZAC Appeal to help support veterans and their families.
- Send a card to veterans using Cardly to give thanks for all they have sacrificed. All profits generated will be donated to Legacy to help support veterans and their families
- Participating in Light up at Dawn/driveway at dawn initiative by standing at the end of your driveway, on your balcony or in your living room at 6am to remember all those who have served and sacrificed. Hold a candle and have a moment of silence.
Circumstances may change; however, the significance of ANZAC day and the sacrifice that was made will never be forgotten. Make sure to find some time this Saturday to honour and pay respect to both past and present service men and women.
Lest We Forget