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Staying local to honour their service this ANZAC Day

This year's Victorian ANZAC Day commemorations will look different, but there are several meaningful ways to pay tribute and honour those who have served.

20/04/21 6.33am
Published by Department of Families, Fairness and Housing
A candle for ANZAC Day

ANZAC Day 2021

Sunday 25 April

Observed annually on April 25, ANZAC Day began as a commemoration of the landing of Australian and New Zealand forces at Gallipoli in 1915 during World War One. It has since grown to become a reflection on the service and sacrifice of all Australians who have served in conflict or on peacekeeping operations.

This year's Victorian ANZAC Day commemorations will look different, but there are several meaningful ways to pay tribute and honour those who have served.

Ways to commemorate ANZAC Day 2021

Mark commemorations locally

Victorians are encouraged to mark ANZAC Day locally by attending local events or commemorating from home. A list of local events around the state can be found here: http://www.rslvic.com.au/anzac-day/anzac-day-2021/

Local RSL sub-branches and event organisers will need to adhere to the Public Events Framework and can check their event classification at www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au/public-event-self-assessment-tool

Personal commemorations

Victorians may also choose to lay a wreath at a local monument at another time of day or in the lead up to the event; or commemorate from home. Victorians can participate in RSL Victoria’s Light up the Dawn by lighting a candle at 6am while standing in their driveway, front yard, porch or balcony and observing a minute’s silence to pay tribute to veterans and active service personnel on social media using #lightupthedawn.

City-based events

RSL Victoria, in conjunction with the Shrine of Remembrance, will go ahead with its city-based ANZAC Day commemorative events, but with limited attendance at the traditional ANZAC Day Dawn Service and Commemorative Service and March – in line with the Victorian Government’s Public Events Framework.

The Dawn Service will also be livestreamed at 5.40am on ANZAC Day, and all Victorians are invited to join online at the RSL Victoria or Shrine of Remembrance Facebook pages to watch the march from home and mark the day in a COVID-safe way.

Veteran participation in Melbourne’s ANZAC Day March

Veterans are invited to be part of the march. Places are still available and you can register here: http://www.rslvic.com.au/anzac-day/anzac-day-2021/

Give to the ANZAC Appeal

Like so many Victorians, members of our veteran community have felt the impacts of recent months. If you are able, you can show your support for those who have served, and their families who have given much, through the ANZAC Appeal – 100% of funds raised support veterans and their families in times of need. For more information or to donate, visit  www.anzacappeal.com.au

Reviewed 23 June 2021

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