ANZAC Day, April 25, is one of the most important dates on the Australian calendar, a day of remembrance of service and sacrifice.
GOLD Central Victoria will be broadcasting the ANZAC Day dawn service from 5:45 am
In ordinary times, commemorative services are held at dawn across the nation, followed later in the day by ex-servicemen and women meeting to take part in marches through the major cities and in many smaller centres.
But these are extraordinary times with world-wide COVID-19 health restrictions and public health is paramount.
Accordingly, the ANZAC Day Commemorative Committee (ADCC) and RSL Victoria agreed to the following:
- There will be a single Dawn Service at the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance however the public will be asked not to attend.
- The Dawn Service at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance will be conducted with small number of official guests and modified to minimize COVID-19 risk.
- The ANZAC Day march through Melbourne’s CBD and midday service at the Shrine of Remembrance are cancelled.
- RSL Sub-Branches across Victoria will also be asked to conduct a single ANZAC Day commemorative service only. The public will also be asked not to attend these services.
Remembrance of service and sacrifice are important to our society. You may choose to pay respects in your own way by:
- Remembering from within your home
- Viewing or listening to media broadcasts and online coverage
“ANZAC Day 2020 will not look like the ANZAC Day that so many of us are used to participating in. But there will be a service, wreaths will be laid, the last post will still be played, a minute of silence in memory of the fallen will be obeserved, but the public will be asked to stay at home. This is not a decision that the RSL takes lightly, but public health and safety must be our priority,” said RSL Victoria State President, Dr Robert Webster OAM.
Dr Webster went on to say that there are many ways to participate in the commemoration on ANZAC Day.
“Traditionally many of us have marked ANZAC Day by attending a Dawn Service at our local cenotaph or the Melbourne Shrine of Remembrance. But in 2020, on April 25, when you can’t go to a local Dawn Service, the RSL is asking that instead you tune in via radio, social media or television and take a moment to reflect on the service and sacrifice of our veterans and those who are still serving today.”
“The most important thing is that together we remember our pledge as a Nation; Lest We Forget."
RSL Victoria will now work with the Shrine of Remembrance and broadcasters to ensure that the service is televised so that Victorians can commemorate from home.
Lest We Forget