While it may look different this year ANZAC Day is not cancelled, and there are a range of ways we can all pay our respects to mark this special day on our national calendar.
Due to Covid-19, the difficult decision to cancel traditional services around the nation was made in the interests of public safety and the health and wellbeing of the community.
While we traditionally gather in large numbers, at its heart, ANZAC Day is a moment of personal reflection where we demonstrate our solemn respect for those who have served, and those who continue to serve in our nation’s uniform.
Tomorrow, while we can’t be with friends and neighbours or attend community gatherings, I encourage everyone across Farrer to continue this tradition of remembrance.
Many of our local media outlets, including ABC radio and television, will be broadcasting local and national dawn services. At 11.30am much of the nation will also pause for a minute’s silence, a time which corresponds with the landing of our troops at Gallipoli 105 years ago.
The NSW RSL is encouraging you to stand in your driveway, balcony or living room, with a torch or candle, immediately following the televised dawn service, to remember all those who have served and sacrificed. More details are available here.
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs has also developed a range of resources to assist in commemorating Anzac Day which can be downloaded from the ANZAC Day portal.
If you are taking time out tomorrow to reflect and wish to circulate on social media, you could include this year’s official national tags; #AnzacAtHome #StandAtDawn or #TYFYS.
However you wish to participate…Lest We Forget.