This year’s Anzac Day will be the first since the Diggers returned from World War I that will go ahead without the traditional dawn service, national ceremony and veterans’ march.
Instead, there will be a private, nationally televised Anzac Day commemorative service from the Australian War Memorial on Saturday, April 25. The revised ceremony will be held in the memorial’s commemorative area and Hall of Memory at 5.30am. The event will not be open to the public and will instead be broadcast live across Australia by the ABC and streamed online.
Acting memorial director Anne Bennie said the memorial was committed to providing an opportunity for Australians to commemorate Anzac Day through the televised ceremony.
“Anzac Day is a symbolic day for Australians and New Zealanders, with the Australian War Memorial being the centre of Australia’s national commemoration,” said Anne.
In the event of a lockdown, some people have suggested on Facebook that residents could gather outside their front doors or at their letterboxes and ‘stand together’ for a minute’s silence at 6am on Saturday, April 25.
Please be aware that this information was correct at the time of printing. We advise you to confirm the status of events via www.mornpen.vic.gov.au closer to the date.