ANZAC Day is the most sacred day of commemoration on the Australian calendar.
It provides all Australians with the opportunity to remember and reflect on the service and sacrifice of our past and current service personnel as well as honour the more than 102,000 Australians who have given their lives in service of our nation.
Every year on Anzac Day we pause and say ‘thank you for your service’ to our current and former serving personnel. Despite some limitations on numbers and events to ensure things are done in a COVID-safe way, we can again gather together to commemorate the day this year.
A COVID-safe national service will be held at the Australian War Memorial and broadcast nationally on the ABC, with all Australians encouraged to tune in and watch on the day.
For more information about the Australian War Memorial’s Dawn Service, National Ceremony and how to watch the ABC broadcast, click here.
Around Australia, commemorative activities will be planned, managed and delivered by the RSL, ex-service organisations and community groups, in line with public health guidance in each state or territory.
The Australian Defence Force will provide personnel to support as many services as possible around the country again this year.
Last year Australians came together like never before to mark Anzac Day during the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.
And this year, whether it’s attending a local service or standing in your driveway and lighting up the dawn, I encourage all Australians to continue the tradition of honouring our service personnel in a way that is solemn and respectful.
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs has a range of free resources available online for communities and individuals, to help them plan a commemorative service in their local area or at home. Visit the Anzac Portal for more information www.anzacportal.dva.gov.au
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