ANZAC Day will look very different in 2020 as Victorians stay at home to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.
Even though all public services have been cancelled, we can still remember, reflect and commemorate from home.
The national dawn service, to be held at the Australian War Memorial, will be broadcast live, although no veterans or members of the public will be present.
There is also a push, supported by the RSL, for Australians to unite in recognising all armed services personnel by standing outside at home with a light at 6am for a minute’s silence.
This will give us all a chance to commemorate ANZAC Day respectfully at home – from the end of the driveway or on the balcony.
We must never forget the sacrifices of our past servicemen and women and those who continue to serve our nation.
Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Veterans Affairs Tim Bull
At this unprecedented period of isolation it is more important than ever to come together as a nation to remember the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
Reflecting on the challenges and successes of our past servicemen and women, and those who continue to serve today, it’s a timely reminder to stay strong and united at times of hardship and to continue to support one another.
I urge all Victorians to stay home and take part in the ‘Light up the Dawn’ initiative this ANZAC Day by raising a torch, candle or the light on your phone and observing a minutes silence at dawn on April 25.