Saturday 25th April is Anzac Day which is an important date for both Australians and the Australian Defence Force. It commemorates those who laid down their lives during conflict and those that continue to serve so we can be free. In line with directions from the Government and the Returned Service League (RSL) with the significant concerns around the spread of COVID-19, all large public gatherings to commemorate ANZAC Day have been cancelled.
The theme for Anzac Day 2020 will be Light Up The Dawn. #lightupthedawn
At 6am on ANZAC Day, join us at the end of your driveway, on your balcony, or in your living room to remember all those who have served and sacrificed.
While we may be apart, we can be together in spirit. Find out more at rslanzacspirit.com.au
1. Record yourself reciting the ode or sharing a message of support for veterans. Respond “Going” to our ANZAC Day 2020 Facebook event. Then use the hashtag #ANZACSpirit and share how you’ll be commemorating privately, as well as who you’ll be remembering this ANZAC Day.
2. Light up the dawn. At 6am on ANZAC Day, go to the end of your driveway or stand on your balcony and listen to a brief commemorative service. Together – even while apart – we’ll remember those who served and sacrificed.
Guide for a Home Service
Introduction: Use your own words of reflection, name people you remember today, give gratitude for those who served and sacrificed, and to those still serving our nation.
Recite the Ode:
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Play The Last Post
Minute of Silence
Recite: Lest We Forget
Play New Zealand National Anthem
Play Australian National Anthem
You may add prayers, hymns, readings and personal content to reflect your beliefs. Consider reciting the ANZAC Requiem. Bugle calls and music thanks to www.anzacportal.dva.gov.au
Please use volume levels for your own use, that are respectful to neighbours.
3. Tune into live services and virtual commemorative services. The ABC will be broadcasting a 5.30am service (3:30 am in Malaysia) from the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. There will also be a 10am (8am KL) service from the Anzac Memorial in Sydney that will be broadcast on ABC and streamed live on Astro 518
4. Reach out to a mate who might be alone. Many people are alone during this time of isolation. It’s an opportunity to invoke the ANZAC value of mateship and check to see how a mate is doing.
Support Australian veterans and their families.