Anzac Day in Victoria 2020 will look a little different from previous years. There will be Dawn Services where wreaths will be laid with the last post and a minute of silence in memory of the fallen, but the RSL (Returned & Services League of Australia) has asked the service community and public to stay at home this year.
“The most important thing is that together we remember our pledge as a Nation; Lest We Forget.”
Dr Robert Webster OAM, RSL Victoria State President
It’s such an important day for all Australians, a day to take a moment to pay your respects and reflect on those who served and lost their lives for our nation. There are other ways to commemorate Anzac Day in 2020 with live streaming of The Shrine of Remembrance Dawn Service and the RSL has asked Australians to #Standto.
The Shrine of Remembrance is hosting a live stream of the Anzac Day 2020 Dawn Service on their Facebook page. The stream will start at approximately 5.50 am AEST on Saturday 25th April 2020.
The public can watch the national commemorative service live from the Australian War Memorial on ABC TV and iView from 5 am on Saturday 25 April 2020. The service will also be live-streamed on the Australian War Memorial website, and on Facebook and YouTube.
The RSL is asking all Australians at 6 am to walk to the end of their driveway, balcony or to stand in their living room, to remember all those who have served and sacrificed for this nation #Standto on Anzac Day.
It’s important to teach children about real-life stories of bravery and sacrifice of Australian soldiers during the Gallipoli campaign. This way their stories will live on throughout generations.
The ANZAC Appeal supports the lives of veterans and their families. With crisis accommodation for at-risk veterans, financial assistance for families in need, health and wellbeing programs, employment support and assistance with accessing pension entitlements. Donate to the ANZAC Appeal 2020.
The Australian War Memorial has some moving Australian War Poems that are read during most remembrance ceremonies. The reading of these poems is designed to help people understand the experiences of serviceman and servicewomen and their relatives in wartime.
Every year I take my kids to Dawn Service, so they can grow up understanding the importance of remembering those who have served and have lost their lives for Australia. This year it’s not possible to take them to Dawn Service but it’s still important to talk about Anzac Day and find other ways to remember.
The Australian War Memorial has shared some lovely Anzac Day Arts and Craft ideas, how to make Anzac Cookies, instructions on how to make a memorial wreath and colouring-in sheets that’ll bring the Anzac story to life.
The Australian War Memorial is telling stories about our nation’s servicemen and servicewomen and the Australian experience of war through their #MuseumAtHome pages.