There’s no doubt that Anzac Day 2020 will be unlike any other.
But while we can’t attend a dawn service or march for those who dedicated their lives for our nation, there are still ways that we can commemorate from home.
Inspired by The Department of Veteran Affairs, here are just some of these ways.
Commemorate by candlelight from your driveway
RSL branches in every state are encouraging Australians to stand at their gates, on their balconies or verandahs at 6:00am on Anzac Day and hold a candle to past and present armed services.
Click this link to find out more: rslanzacspirit.com.au
Watch or stream a dawn service
Although you won’t be able to attend a dawn service, the Australian War Memorial’s annual Anzac Day service will be broadcast from 5:00am on ABC TV and the ABC Facebook page.
Listen to classic Anzac Day songs
Spotify have some great Anzac Day playlists, which you can listen to on your smartphone or tablet.
Click this link to listen to one by Liam Gates: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0SrZuRnzPYYzhudOMmlCfp?
Take a virtual tour of places where Australians have served
You can use the ANZAC 360 app on your smartphone or tablet to visit the locations of battles and other places where Australians have served. This app can be downloaded for free from Apple’s App Store and Google Play.
Download ANZAC 360 from Apple’s App Store: https://apps.apple.com/au/app/anzac-360/id1441104750
Download ANZAC 360 from Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.gov.dva.anzac360&hl=en_AU
Explore online exhibitions and collections
There are some great exhibitions and collections that you can explore online on your smartphone or computer. Here are just some of them:
Australian War Memorial: https://www.awm.gov.au/visit/museumathome
National Anzac Centre: https://www.nationalanzaccentre.com.au/
Anzac Memorial, Sydney: https://www.anzacmemorial.nsw.gov.au/
Make or bake Anzac Day goodies
Spend the day baking yummy Anzac bikkies, creating a wreath or making memorial poppies.
Discover RSL Queensland’s Anzac Biscuit Recipe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iW7mO7uHU6Q
Learn how to make a poppy wreath: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7JyZ7n4kb0
Learn how to make memorial poppies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qe0uqc6ImgQ
Donate to help veterans and their families
You can still donate to support Australian veterans and their families in need.
Click here for a list of organisations and charities: https://www.dva.gov.au/civilian-life/find-ex-service-organisation