For generations of Australians the bugle call of The Last Post will signal a one minute of silence in which our nation collectively bows its head and reflects on the sacrifice, bravery and tragedy of those who have fought and died in war.
Anzac Day 2020 will look a little different due to national control measures in place to stop the spread of Covid-19. For the first time in a century our streets will be empty; there will be no suburban dawn services, mid-morning marches or afternoon two-up matches.
Instead Australians are asked to unite and recognise past and current armed services personnel by making their own private commemorations. Some ideas on how you can do this include:
Music is an important part of most commemorative events. It can create strong feelings and evoke special memories. Play music that reminds you of Anzac Day and the service men and women who have fought, and continue to fight for us:
Watching a Dawn Service on Television
On Anzac Day, the Australian War Memorial runs a dawn service. You can find details about this year’s services on the Australian War Memorial website.
Involving the New Generation
Keep the Anzac tradition alive by involving the children in your life and teaching them what Anzac Day is all about. Do it over video, or via a video chat… or maybe even write them a letter they can keep and reflect on in the future!
Some other ideas are:
- bake Anzac biscuits, and learn about their history
- make poppies, and learn about their symbolism
- make a wreath, to remember those Australians who have died
- read wartime poetry, and write a poem together
- listen to The Last Post played on a bugle, on our Anzac Day 2020 Spotify playlist
- call a family member or friend who is a veteran, and ask if you can interview them about their experiences
Tracing Your Family Connection
You might find it interesting to research your family’s military history. One way to do this is to explore the individual stories of veterans. You might find out when they enlisted and at what age, where they served, and how their service has been commemorated.
Find research resources at Researching Australians at war.
Supporting Our Troops Overseas
Send an email to express your support and thoughts to our troops. Emails are very much appreciated by Australian Defence Force members on operations.
Use the address firstname.lastname@example.org
Taking a Virtual Tour
From the comfort of home, you can use the internet to visit the locations of battles and other places where Australians have served.
Light Up the Dawn
ABC Local Radio is supporting an RSL Australia campaign for Australians to stand in their own driveways or on their balconies at dawn on 25 April 2020. Together, they will:
- hear The Ode and The Last Post played on the radio
- share a 1-minute silence together
You can pledge to participate at rslanzacspirit.com.au
Support the #ANZACSpirit
RSL Australia encourages you to record yourself saying the Ode of Remembrance or sharing a message of support for veterans.
To get involved:
- respond as ‘Going’ to the RSL’s ANZAC Day 2020 Facebook event
- share how you’ll be commemorating privately and who you’ll be remembering this Anzac Day
- use the hashtag #ANZACSpirit
Checking on a Mate
RSL Australia asks that you contact a mate who might be alone this Anzac Day. It’s an opportunity to invoke the Anzac value of mateship and check to see how a friend or family member is feeling.
Open Arms is open 24/7 for veterans or their family members to chat to someone. Call 1800 011 046 or visit www.openarms.gov.au