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How Can We Pay Our Respects On Anzac Day 2020?

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ANZAC Day is a special day of national remembrance for all Australians and New Zealanders but it will be a different affair this year. That doesn’t mean we can’t still pay our respects to the incredible men and women who are serving or have served in our armed forces.

Yes, most of the ANZAC Day services have been cancelled because of the government’s cancellation of non-essential gatherings to stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus. But the ANZAC spirit is strong and while you can’t go to the Shrine of Remembrance or a Dawn Service, you can still #STANDTO as the Last Post is played on the bugle nearby or on your radio or on TV.

For this solemn day must go on wherever we are because regardless of what’s happening in the world around us, it is important to pay our respects to those who have served and died in war and on operational service. Like many Aussies, I have family who have fought in both World Wars and the Vietnam war, and I am proud of their bravery and commitment to serve their country.

Dr Jacqueline Kerr and Lt Colonel John Coggan
My mum Dr Jacqueline Kerr and step dad Lt Colonel John Coggan at the 2017 Currumbin RSL ANZAC DAY service

So despite the cancellations on the 25th of April, which mark the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps 1915 landing at Gallipoli, Turkey in World War I, take a look at other ways you can show your respect.

Here is how you can show your respect on Anzac Day, 2020

  • Watch the Dawn Service live from the Australian National War Memorial in Canberra on the ABC from 5.30am. A service will also be broadcast from the Anzac Memorial in Sydney at 10am.
ANZAC Day 2017 Currimbin RSL
ANZAC Day 2017 Currimbin RSL, Qld
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  • Light up the dawn with the RSL. At 6am, stand at the end of your driveway, on your balcony or at your window and share a moment of silence in honour of the Anzacs. The RSL Anzac Spirit website and a number of radio stations will stream a commemorative service.
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Anzac Day service at Currumbin RSL in the Gold Coast, Queensland
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  • Share your experiences or memories on social media using the hashtags #anzacathome and #anzacspirit

Find more information on the Anzac Portal website.

Written by Robyn Foyster

With over 30 years experience as a journalist and TV producer, Robyn Foyster is the owner and publisher of the lifestyle websites TheCarousel.com, GameChangers.com.au and WomenLoveTech.com.

Robyn was voted one of the 30 most powerful women in media at the 2015 B&T Women In Media Awards.

Previously, Robyn was the Publisher and Editor of Australia's three biggest flagship magazine brands - The Australian Women's Weekly, Woman's Day and New Idea.

Robyn won Editor of the Year at the 2007 Magazine of the Year Award and under her helm The Australian Women's Weekly won the inaugural 2008 Australian Magazine Award for Australia's best mass market magazine and New Idea won the MPA's coveted Magazine of the Year award.

She can be contacted on [email protected]

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