Lest We Forget: Observing Anzac Day differently

Red poppies on a war memorial. Picture: CraigRJD/Getty

Public events may be cancelled but on Anzac Day we will still stop to honour our veterans and serving defence personnel.

April 25 marks the date of the Gallipoli landing by Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) in 1915 and has since served as an important day of remembrance for over a century.

While local memorial services are not taking place this year, the traditional 5.30am commemorative service will be broadcast from the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

A NSW service will be broadcast live on ABC TV and streamed on the Anzac Memorial and RSL NSW Facebook pages at 10am.

Western Sydney Local Health District chief executive Graeme Loy said it is important for people to honour the sacrifice of others while still adhering to social distancing measures.

“COVID-19 will also become a part of our history, and we need to continue working together now so we can save as many lives as possible,” Graeme said.

“There are many ways people can pay their respects privately, including wearing a red poppy, or lighting a candle and holding it at the end of your driveway at home. 

“This is also a time to pay tribute to the doctors and nurses who cared for the sick and wounded during periods of war.”

The NSW Government is encouraging people to share videos reciting The Ode and post photos on social media using the tag #ANZACspirit.

For further ideas about how to commemorate the day safely from home, please visit https://www.rslnsw.org.au/anzac-spirit/

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