QUEENSLANDERS will be able to choose how they honour the service and sacrifices of veterans this ANZAC Day.
With the easing of some COVID-19 restriction across the state, RSL Sub Branches will be hosting more than 250 events and services for the public to attend on Sunday, April 25.
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Acknowledging that some people might still feel uncomfortable in crowd situations, RSL Queensland said it will again offer people the opportunity to Light up the Dawn and stream a digital dawn service at 6am. You can access the service, here.
RSL Queensland State President Tony Ferris said – regardless of how Queenslanders choose to mark ANZAC Day – the most important thing is to pause and reflect on those who served and those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the nation.
“When COVID-19 forced the cancellation of ANZAC Day services and marches across Australia last year, the nation united and rallied to Light Up The Dawn on driveways, balconies and front yards to let veterans know that their service and sacrifice will never be forgotten,” Mr Ferris said.
“As this pandemic begins to ease, we are grateful to offer people a choice in 2021 in how they pay their respects, whether at a dawn service, marching with their mates, or honouring our veterans with personal reflection.”
Mr Ferris said ANZAC Day 2021 held special significance as it marked major milestones for all three branches of Australia’s armed services.
The RAAF celebrates 100 years of service, the Navy marks 110 years since it was granted the title Royal Australian Navy by His Majesty King George V and the Army recognises the two million Australians who have served, and continue to serve, under the Rising Sun badge for the past 120 years.
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“Our armed services have loyally and courageously defended our nation for more than 100 years and I encourage all Australians to place our servicemen and women – past and present – at the front of our thoughts this ANZAC Day,” Mr Ferris said.
All RSL Queensland Sub Branch ANZAC Day services and events will adhere to a COVID Safe plan and all attendees are asked to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines, including social distancing and staying at home if sick. For a full list of RSL Queensland and Sub Branch ANZAC Day commemorative services, click here.