Anzac Day 2020- Lest We Forget
Anzac Day service broadcast
With April 25 fast approaching, and as coronavirus restrictions remain tightly in place, many Australians are considering how they will mark the national day of remembrance and wondering which, if any, Anzac Day services will go ahead.
The Australian War Memorial said its annual Anzac Day service would proceed.
It will also form part of a live ABC broadcast, starting with the National Ceremony from 5:30am AEST.
The service will involve a revised ceremony with no veterans’ march and no members of the public present. The Department of Defence has also announced that all overseas Anzac services had also been cancelled.
All states and territories’ RSL branches have cancelled public Anzac Day services.
Instead, they are asking Australians to unite in recognising all armed services personnel by standing on their driveways at 6:00am for a combined dawn service.
“As a result of restrictions to this year’s formal Anzac Day commemorations, the RSL encourages people to light up the dawn and remember and pay respects from home,” an RSL South Australia spokesman said.
“This can take several forms including from the end of your driveway or within your home, with a candle or the light on your phone.”
RSL SA said the qualities of the Anzac spirit — courage, endurance, humour, ingenuity, and mateship — were particularly applicable for Australians amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Anzac Day coverage
The ABC will cover Anzac Day proceedings occurring across the country.
Local Anzac services across the country, while closed to the public, will be broadcast on ABC local radio.
- Melbourne, Shrine of Remembrance: Dawn Service 6:10am-6:30am
- Adelaide, National War Memorial: Dawn Service 6:30am-7:00am
- Sydney, Anzac Memorial Hyde Park: Morning service 10:00am-10:30am
At 11:30am local time, a two-minute reflection video will be live-streamed across all ABC local radio Facebook pages and on the ABC News Facebook page.
This reflection will include The Ode and Last Post, followed by a one-minute silence to mark