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Anzac Day 2020 - FREE Edutainment Series

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With the global outbreak of COVID-19 affecting everything we've known as the norm; this year, Australians are encouraged to privately commemorate Anzac Day, inline with the latest health advice. The service at the Australian War Memorial will be nationally broadcast so you can continue to honour our diggers from the privacy of your home.

There'll also be a range of other commemorative activities that will be broadcast throughout the day. The service is scheduled to commence with the pre-service program at 5am and the national service at 5.30am. Check your local guides. You are encouraged to pause and reflect on the service and sacrifice of more than 102,000 Australians who have died in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. You could also mark this important national commemorative date by holding your own private commemorations.

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Prior to Anzac Day, Ancestry and DVA are launching a series of FREE Live Stream Edutainment themed around WWI & WWII from Mon 20 to Fri 24 April 2020 to help you commemorate anzacs from home. The key event is on Tuesday 21 April 2020 at 12pm via a Facebook Live Session on the 75th Anniversary of WWI, hosted by Historian Ian Hodges from The Department of Veteran Affairs and MC'd by Family Historian Brad Argent. There'll be a Q&A Session with the virtual community who tune in, from Australia and beyond. The Schedule of Event Speakers and Topics are as follows.

Mon 20 Apr - How to Start Researching Your Military History; hosted by Family Historian Brad Argent from Ancestry
Tue 21 Apr - 12pm - 75th Anniversary of WWI; hosted by Historian Ian Hodges from The Dept of Veteran Affairs & MC'd by Ancestry's Brad Argent
Wed 22 Apr - New Zealand's First Overseas Deployment - The South African War 1899-1902; hosted by Auckland Libraries and Ancestry's Content Acquisition Manager Jason Reeve
Thu 23 Apr - Understanding Military Portraits; hosted by Professor Peter Stanley and journalist Cassie Mercer
Fri 24 Apr - Beyond a Family Tree & Returning Lost War Medals; hosted by Ancestry's Content Acquisition Manager Jason Reeve


This is an initiative born to help Aussies pay tribute and celebrate war veterans virtually. In addition, Ancestry is providing FREE Access to more than 39 million Australia and New Zealand records, including military records between 21 - 26 April, so people can discover more about the lives of their own ancestors during WWI and WWII.

Stay in touch with Ancestry on Facebook for updates, snippets of posts already in existence, and timeframes of all the other events as they come to hand.

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Why? Anzac Day - Free EDUtainment series from Ancestry & DVA
When: Mon 20 to Fri 24 April 2020
Phone: 1800 251 838
Where: Online
Cost: FREE
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