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ANZAC Day 2020

By The Cove April 23, 2020


Anzac Day is one of Australia’s most important national commemorative occasions. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

As Australia is observing social distancing measures to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19, the team at The Cove have put together a number of resources you can use to commemorate the sacrifices of those that have passed before us. 

Driveway Commemorations

The Returned Services League (RSL) branches from all the states and territories have advised that they will not be holding public Anzac Day services. Instead they are asking Australians to unite in recognising all ADF personnel by standing on their driveways at 6:00am for a combined dawn service.

You can find out more at the 'Show your Anzac spirit' website, or below is a short audio clip you can use for your own driveway commemoration. If you live alone, you may wish to stand at the end of the driveway and listen to it through headphones. If you live with your family, perhaps you might like to play it on your phone and let everyone share this unique experience.

The audio clip lasts just over seven minutes and provides you with your own complete dawn service. It commences with the bagpipes playing Flowers of the Forest followed by The Ode, the Last Post, a minute's silence, Reveille and the poem 'In Flanders Fields', before concluding with the the Australian National Anthem.

 
Australian War Memorial

If you would prefer to join the national ceremony on TV, the Australian War Memorial will hold a private, nationally televised Anzac Day commemorative service. This service will be broadcast from the Commemorative Area and Hall of Memory at 5.30 am on Anzac Day. 

The event will not be open to the public but will be broadcast live across Australia by the ABC and streamed online. Full details are being finalised. Please refer to this website for updates from the Memorial.

Live Stream from the Duntroon Chapel 

At 1000 there will be a live stream of an ANZAC Day chapel service from Duntroon Chapel, Bishop Grant Dibden will officiate.

ForceNet

Many units are using ForceNet as a C2 node for Anzac Day. If you are a serving member and have access to ForceNet check your unit page for updates.

ABC Radio

The Australian national broadcaster will be streaming Anzac Day events on television, radio and online. Visit the ABC Radio website for more information.

Music for Mateship

Australian jazz musician James Morrison called on brass musicians to play the Last Post at 6:00am in their driveways on Anzac Day "in the name of mateship".

In a Facebook video that has been viewed more than 450,000 times, Morrison said while coronavirus restrictions meant Australians could not gather for usual Anzac Day services, "we can still stand united in spirit".

ANZAC Day Projects for the Young Ones

Involve the kids by asking them to make their own Poppies or ANZAC Day Wreath.

Conclusion

These are some of the current options for respectful, socially distant commemorative activities for Anzac Day 2020. The Cove team encourage you to either use one of these options or conduct your own research as to how you can participate in an activity to pay respect on this day of national significance. We will  endeavour to update this page as more information is promulgated.

If you have some more information that you think should be on this post please contact us.

If nothing else, please spend a moment in contemplation of those who have gone before us and paid the ultimate sacrifice and, if you can, make the effort to ring a mate. It might just make their day.


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The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Australian Army, the Department of Defence or the Australian Government.



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