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ANZAC Day 2020 From Your Home

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by Gillian Ching (subscribe)
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Lest We Forget
Commemorating ANZAC Day, is a significant national and public event in Australia's calendar. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. It continues to commemorate the lives of Australians who served and died in war.

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Australia paid a heavy price in Wold War 1. Of a population of fewer than five million, 416,809 men enlisted, of which over 60,000 were killed and 156,000 wounded, gassed, or taken prisoner.

Most ANZAC Day events are marked by dawn services, marches, and a meeting of friends in pubs and clubs across the country. This year, with the outbreak of the global Coronavirus Pandemic and its social distancing restrictions, ANZAC Day services and marches have been cancelled.

But the Australian spirit and tradition won't be dimmed. Instead, the RSL is encouraging us to mark ANZAC Day in our homes by lighting a candle and standing in our driveways and on our balconies and courtyards to "take a moment silence to reflect on Anzac Day at 6am on April 25.

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What a terrific idea to get to celebrate the event with your neighbours. Here are some other activities which you might like to include to add to the commemorations.

Play the Last Post
Musicians in your street are encouraged to play the Last Post. Of course, you could download it, but wouldn't it be more fun to ask one of the kids to learn the tune and play it for the neighbours. Usually played by a lone bugler, The Last Post signifies the end of the day's activities. It is also sounded at military funerals to indicate that the soldier has gone to his final rest

Watch Gallipoli the Movie
After the service, make some time during the day to watch the 1981 Australian war drama, Gallipoli which stars Mel Gibson and Mark Lee. It relives the tale of several young men from rural Western Australia who enlist in the Australian Army during the First World War. "How fast can you run?"

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Raise a glass at home
While pubs and clubs will be closed this year, why not raise a glass in your home to thank those who have served in wars.

Recite The Ode
Alone or together, recite The Ode which comes from For the Fallen, a poem by the English poet and writer Laurence Binyon and was published in London in The Winnowing Fan: Poems of the Great War in 1914.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

However, you decide to spend the day, be sure to take a moment to honour our service personnel and show our Anzac spirit this ANZAC Day.
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Why? Commemorate ANZAC Day and remember the fallen
When: 6am
Where: At Home
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Thanks for these ideas Gillian. I will be doing several of these.
by May Cross (score: 3|6914) 112 days ago
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