This ANZAC Day, there will be no marches, no crowds gathering in solemn silence at dawn ceremonies around Australia and New Zealand.
We must stay home. We must keep our community safe, while acknowledging the servicemen and servicewomen who, over more than a century, have risked and lost their lives to do the same.
While commemorations will certainly look different this April 25, there are still ways you can take part.
The call to ‘Light up the Dawn’.
The Returned Services League, a nationwide organisation that supports veterans and their families, is calling on Australians to ‘light up the dawn’ by holding their own services at home.
The Returned Services League is asking you to #LightUpTheDawn this ANZAC Day.
It is asking those who wish to take part to stand at the end of their driveway, on their balcony or porch, or in their living room, at 6 a.m. on Saturday and remember all those who have served and sacrificed.
The RSL has produced a commemorative dawn ceremony, which people can download and listen to during their at-home service. It includes an acknowledgment of country, The Ode read by RSL Queensland President Tony Ferris, The Last Post and Reveille performed by the Australian Army Band Brisbane, a minute’s silence, and the national anthems of Australia and New Zealand.
Click here to download.
“Nothing can ever take away the importance of ANZAC Day or our values of mateship and camaraderie as we honour our service personnel and show our ANZAC Spirit,” said Ray James, Acting President RSL NSW.
“Now is the time for all of us to show our ANZAC Spirit, including ingenuity, and we welcome the many and varied ideas that have been embraced by the community. Any activity that respectfully shows commemoration and thanks is most welcome.”
Here are some other suggestions from the RSL.