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With continued COVID-19 Restrictions, ANZAC Day services across the country have been cancelled for this Saturday. As a day to remember all Australians who served and died in war and on operational service past and present, a public service will be missed.

This year, Aussies & Kiwis for ANZACs Facebook, now with the support of the Returned and Services League (RSL), are calling for “Light up the dawn on ANZAC Day”. They are encouraging you to stand in your driveway, on your balcony or in your living room at 6:00am and light a candle to all those who have served and sacrificed. It is a time to remember and reflect. 

At 5:30 am on Saturday morning (April 25), the Australian War Memorial will host a service at the Commemorative Area and Hall of Memory. This will be broadcasted live on TV, radio and on the War Memorial’s Facebook and Youtube page. Around 6am The Last Post will sound.  

Please note this will be a closed service and no guests will be allowed to attend in person. 

Musicians are also encouraged to play the Last Post and the sheet music can be found here

This year as a sign of respect we also encourage all bike riders to attach a poppy or sprig of rosemary to their bikes when riding on Saturday. The Australian War Memorial has a guide here on how to make a poppy at home, or you can watch the video below. 

“Things are going to be a little different commemorating ANZAC day this year, however it can still be done in a meaningful way. We encourage you to take part in the Light up the dawn service this Saturday,” commented Bicycle NSW Communications Manager, Kim Lavender.

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