This year’s Anzac Day will be like no other. No marches, no two-up, no crowds thronging the street. Instead, Australians are being asked to honour our veterans — past and present — in different ways. Follow our guide to help mark this historic day.
There will be no veterans marching, no Dawn Services at Martin Place or Bondi Beach, no Last Post played in regional schools and local RSL clubs.
With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing services and marches to be cancelled on Saturday, and residents urged to stay home, most of the familiar public rituals will be missing.
Instead, Australians are being encouraged to stand at the end of their driveways, on their balconies or in their loungerooms at 6am on Saturday to commemorate those who served, those who died and those who are still serving.
To ensure there is a record of this historic day, the NSW State Library will be collecting images shared on social media and is encouraging people to post images including their driveway commemorations using the hashtags #NSWathome and #Anzacathome.
The Library’s Elise Edmonds said it was important there was a record of this year’s unique commemoration.
“(The pandemic) has affected us in so many ways and our lives have changed so much including how we commemorate these big holidays like Anzac Day,” she said.
“We want to document this year even more, so when people look back in 50 years at our collections they’ll see how we commemorated in 2015 and 2020 and what a marked difference that was.”
HOW TO MARK ANZAC DAY 2020
Light up the dawn
At 6am on ANZAC Day, light up the dawn by standing at the end of your driveway, on your balcony or in your living room to remember all those who have served and sacrificed.
Hold a candle, lay a wreath or simply mark a moment of silence.
Use the hashtags #ANZACspirit and #lightupthedawn when sharing your images.
To be included in the NSW State Library’s documentation of the day, post images including of your driveway commemorations on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #NSWathome as well as #Anzacathome.
Watch the Dawn Service.
A service will be broadcast live from the Australian National War Memorial in Canberra on the ABC from 5.30am. There will also be a 10am closed service from Sydney that will be broadcast on ABC. Both services will also be streamed live on the RSL NSW Facebook page.
Ms Berejiklian, NSW Governor Margaret Beazley, RSL NSW acting president Ray James, a bugler and a vocalist will take part in the 30-minute service from Sydney’s Anzac memorial in Hyde Park and the Cenotaph in Martin Place.
Click on the image below to download and print your high resolution poppy for Anzac Day.
Reach out to veterans
RSL NSW acting president Ray James said the changed Anzac Day schedule would prove difficult for veterans, especially those who are older.
He urged people to give any veterans they know a call and check on their welfare.
“Initially it was hard, but they have realised the situation we are in now is something different, it’s a one in 100 year event,” Mr James said. “Nothing can ever take away the importance of Anzac Day and what it means to all of us.”
You can also support members of the Australian Defence Force who are currently serving at by sending an email to email@example.com.
Record yourself reciting the ode or sharing a message of support for veterans on the RSL NSW Facebook. Then use the hashtag #ANZACSpirit and share how you’ll be commemorating privately, as well as who you’ll be remembering this ANZAC DAY.
Donate to the ANZAC Appeal.
Donate to the AnzacAppeal and support Australian veterans and their families in need. NSW donations support services provided by RSL DefenceCare and Veteran Sport Australia.
Lord Mayor Cr Bob Dwyer encouraged the community to pause and honour the many service personnel who had served, and died for, our country.
“I would like to pay special tribute to Parramatta and Epping RSL sub-Branches for their longstanding history of proudly supporting the local community.
“I will be joining many of our City’s residents and other Australians by standing at the end of my driveway for Light Up The Dawn, a unique way to remember those who have served and sacrificed.
Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre has created an online ANZAC DAY Experience, where people can find a range of local ANZAC DAY stories and photos.
Cabra-Vale Diggers Group
The group’s recorded Anzac Day Ceremony is set to accommodate members and community as Australians search for a new way of paying respects on Anzac Day 2020.
In light of the current pandemic, the club has arranged to provide an Anzac Day Ceremony online, complete with Last Post bugle, which can be seen from 6am the morning of Anzac Day – for members and guests to view in the comfort and safety of their own home. The event will be screened via the club’s website as well as it’s facebook page.
Randwick Council and the Coogee Randwick Clovelly RSL Sub branch will stream a service from 5.15am on the day on the council’s Facebook page.
Tune in to a very special 2020 Anzac Day Dawn Service broadcast that will feature:
The Ode of Remembrance, Last Post Bugle call, Minute’s silence, Reveille
and the Australian and New Zealand National Anthems
– more to come