ANZAC DAY 2020 IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR PERSONAL REFLECTION ON SERVICE AND SACRIFICE
Federal Member for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters said that while local Anzac Day events have had to be cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, there were many ways that people could mark the occasion.
“This Anzac Day will be different for all of us and I know many people will be disappointed to not be able to take part in local ceremonies and marches this year.
“We have a proud tradition of military service here in Central Victoria, and every year many people turn out to honour this.
“While services will not be open to the public, there will still be opportunities for community members to pay their respects and reflect on the service and sacrifice of our veterans.
“You will be able to watch a televised national Dawn Service from the Australian War Memorial, scheduled to commence with a pre-service program at 5am and the national service at 5:30am local time.
“I encourage people to hold their own private commemorations in their homes through initiatives like the RSL’s #lightupthedawn campaign and stand in their driveway, front yard or living room at 6am, following the televised dawn service.
“The Bendigo RSL has also launched an online ANZAC Appeal where every cent raised helps veterans. I have purchased several badges online this year.
“Anzac Day is a time to reflect upon the Anzac values of mateship, courage, initiative and resilience, and how these values are upheld by Australia’s servicemen and women today.
“These qualities have never been more important and we will all need to dig deep as a community and harness the Anzac spirit to get through the current coronavirus crisis.
“As well as remembering Australians who have served and died in all conflicts and operations, this year we should recognise those personnel who are supporting the COVID-19 pandemic response and bushfire recovery efforts.
Lisa Chesters also encouraged residents to look out for veterans in our local community who may be self-isolating at home, by picking up the phone and talking to them, and asking how they are going.
“Anzac Day is a significant day for all Australians and is often a time for personal reflection.
“On 25 April this year, I encourage everyone in our community to take the time to remember those men and women who have served and who continue to serve our country,” Chesters said.
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