With 25 April just around the corner, many Australians are considering how they will mark the national day of remembrance.
While the annual Anzac Day service may still proceed, the coronavirus restrictions remain strictly in place. However, being stuck at home on Anzac Day won’t stop Caps & Closures and our team from honouring our fallen heroes. Here are some ways you can join us in commemorating our heroes from the past and the present.
1. Light up the Dawn
#STANDTO on your driveway, balcony, or within your home at 6 am and observe a minute of silence in respect of our veterans.
2. Watch a Dawn Service
Watch the national commemorative service live from the Australian War Memorial on ABC TV and iView from 5 am.
3. Be Social
Share your Anzac Day with millions by uploading a photo or video to social media with the hashtag #ANZACATHOME and spread the word.
4. Reach Out to Someone
Reach out and get together with friends or veterans via online group video chat.
5. Lend a Helping Hand
Take action and give your support by donating to the online ANZAC Appeal, helping our Australian veterans and their families in need.
The 10th Australian Field Ambulance.
Brendon Holmes, our Managing Director, served in the role as Assistant Secretary and Secretary of the 10th Australian Field Ambulance for 12 years, seen here with 96 year old President Ted Young. The 10th members and affiliates meet each Anzac Day to remember our heroes, both past and present who cared for the wounded during World War 2 in Papua New Guinea, Borneo, Buna, Gona, Sanananda, Balikpapan, Lae and Finchhaven.
The below message is from Anzac Portal – The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA).
It’s important for all Australians to have the opportunity to understand and acknowledge the contribution of those who were responsible for the traditions of Anzac, and their stories of service and sacrifice.
There are many ways for you to remember the personal sacrifice of those people who served Australia in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. The hardship of service extends to the loved ones and friends they leave behind. These people often cope with the emotional and physical effects of service for many years.
You might want to commemorate Australian veterans on a significant date or anniversary, such as Anzac Day (25 April), the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. Other ways to commemorate might be more personal, such as tracing the service history of a relative, or recording the oral history of someone’s memories during wartime.
We invite you to share your personal commemorations with other Australians. Post stories of service. Share photos of how you are commemorating this Anzac Day. Use #AnzacAtHome to connect with others. Follow it to read the personal stories of those who served Australia and their families.
Lest We Forget.