Published: 24 April, 2020
Anzac Day is one of the most important days on our national calendar.
The current coronavirus situation means we can’t gather in large numbers like we normally do to mark the day.
But this doesn’t mean Anzac Day is cancelled.
At its heart, Anzac Day is about personal reflection where we demonstrate our solemn respect for those who have served, and those who continue to serve in our nation’s uniform.
There are a range of ways we can all pay our respects and mark the day.
You can tune into the Australian War Memorial’s national dawn service which will be televised on the ABC.
I also encourage people to pause at 11.30am for a minute’s silence as this time corresponds with the landing of our troops at Gallipoli 105 years ago.
You can use the hashtags #AnzacAtHome and #TYFYS (thank you for your service) to share pictures and videos of your private commemorations on social media.
You could also use this Anzac Day to look into your family’s military history. The National Archives of Australia and the Australian War Memorial websites are great places to start.
I also encourage you to think about reaching out to a veteran you know to thank them and for their service – you could to this by phone, email or even a letter.
It has been inspiring to see different ideas emerging about the ways we can pay our respects this Anzac Day.
Whether it’s a solitary driveway tribute, baking Anzac biscuits, or a small ceremony with your household, I encourage everyone in Sturt to pause, reflect and say a simple ‘thank you for your service’.
Lest we forget.