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Lest We Forget
The full program of ANZAC remembrance events are set to return to Brisbane in 2021 to pause, acknowledge and commemorate all those who served and died in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.
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ANZAC Day is one of the countries most sacred holidays held on 25 April each year to remember the courage and sacrifice of those who have served our country.
ANZAC was the name given to a combined force of First Australian Imperial Force and New Zealand Army troops who landed on Turkey's Gallipoli Peninsula at around dawn on Sunday, the 25th day of April 1915 during World War 1.
ANZAC Day Marches, parades, dawn services and other remembrance services can take place but as with everything, in a COVID safe way to protect everyone in the community. Much embraced events include:
1.Light up the Dawn: This event is the moving dawn service (often attended by Local, State and National dignitaries) held at memorial sites to lay floral wreaths to honour the fallen. As well as the official service in the CBD, local services are also held in suburbs around Brisbane. Check out the RSL website to find a service near you here.
2. ANZAC Day Street Parade and March: The street parade and march is a centrepiece of the day with veterans and service personnel marking, driving and taking a salute from officials and dignitaries through the Brisbane CBD.
3. Driveway at Dawn Residents of Brisbane will recall that last year's events were cancelled due to COVID-19 with some members of the community choosing to stand on their driveways at dawn to pay their respects in the absence of being able to line the streets for the march or attend the dawn service. This tribute is encouraged to be repeated this year at 6 am to participate from your own home.
4. The history of Anzac Day - free talk and tour Learn more about the history of ANZAC Day at a free talk and tour on Sunday, 25 April from 12:00 – 1:00 pm. This talk draws from State Library's digital collection of military. Tickets are free and available on Eventbrite. The tour will be held at Anzac Square and Memorial Galleries, 285 Ann St, Brisbane City QLD
(Please be sure to check your local news reports and guidelines before the day for any changes due to COVID community health conditions).