This year will be the first time traditional Anzac Day services and events will not be held since World War II due to important measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
From a dawn service at home to supporting the Anzac Appeal, there are many ways we can still embrace the Anzac spirit of mateship and be a community who commemorates Anzac Day on 25 April 2020.
Here are some ideas from the Returned and Services League of Western Australia (RSLWA):
- tune into ABC radio from 5.30am to hear the National Commemorative Service in Canberra, then from 6.00am to hear The Ode, The Last Post to reflect on those who serve
- light a candle at 5.55am and join in the Anzac Day Dawn Service from your driveway, balcony or living room
- have a traditional ‘gunfire breakfast’ of bacon, eggs and sausages and raise a glass to toast our fallen diggers
- draw poppies and rosemary with children in your care
- visit RSLWA’s Facebook page to share your tributes and share their posts
- explore Anzac Day history and traditions on the RSLWA, Parliament of Australia and Australian War Memorial
Here is a special video produced by RSLWA featuring some of WA’s most inspiring Veterans, as well as the WA Governor, His Excellency Kim Beazley AC, State Premier Mark McGowan and RSLWA Chief Executive Officer John McCourt.
Supporting our veterans
You can touch base by phone or email with the veterans and service people in your life to let them know you’re thinking of them.
You may also wish to donate money to RSLWA’s Anzac Appeal. Every cent enables them to tailor specialist services to the needs of current and former service people, and their families. This includes crisis accommodation, employment advice, financial and mental health assistance.
Public holiday date
Due to Anzac Day falling on a Saturday this year, the public holiday will be on Monday, 27 April 2020.