Anzac Day will be different for all of us this year.
On a day that reflects a significant moment in our nation’s history and commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in all wars, conflict and peacekeeping operations, this year our respects will need to be paid from home. While we won’t be able to commemorate together in the physical sense, we remain united and as such, there are many ways you can show your respects from home.
Here are some ideas for you and your loved ones to acknowledge and remember those who served and still do serve our amazing country.
1. Light up the dawn at 6am on ANZAC Day
An initiative that has been encouraged by the RSL’s across the country. Go to the end of your driveway, stand on your balcony or in your lounge room facing east from 6am, for a minute silence to remember those who have sacrificed so much for the freedoms allowed to us today and listen to a brief commemorative service. Together – even while apart – we’ll remember those who served and sacrificed. You can pledge your attendance here.
2. Be part of the Community Ode
Record a video of yourself reciting The Ode or sharing a message of support for veterans on your social media.
Respond “Going” to the RSL’s ANZAC Day 2020 Facebook event.
You can also use the hashtags #ANZACspirit and #lightupthedawn and share how you’ll be commemorating privately, as well as who you’ll be remembering this ANZAC Day.
3. Tune into live services and virtual commemorative services
5:30am: A national dawn service will be televised on the ABC from the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. This service will be led by the Governor General and Prime Minister. It is scheduled to commence with the pre-service program at 5am with the national service to begin at 5.30am.
Click here to download the Order of Service from RSL NSW.
10.00am: RSL NSW will facilitate a 10am televised service attended by the Governor at the Hyde Park Memorial. Please check your local TV guides.
4. Bake Anzac Biscuits
Baking Anzac biscuits is a great way to celebrate ANZAC Day, and is a time-honoured tradition to mark our country’s National Day of Remembrance. The famed biscuits were sent by wives and other women to sustain the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) during World War I.
The combination of golden syrup and oats, and the absence of eggs, meant the goods travelled long distances without spoiling.
5. Donate to the Anzac appeal
Donations support Australian veterans and their families in need.
6. Reach out to a mate or veteran who might be alone
Many people are alone during this time of isolation. It’s an opportunity to call on the ANZAC spirit of mateship and check to see how a mate is doing. If you know a veteran please call or reach out to them, check in on them, thank them for their service and help them if needed during this time.
Lest We Forget.