At home we will remember them: Anzac Day 2020 guide
Anzac Day 2020 will be like no other.
With public services, marches and other commemorative gatherings made impossible by coronavirus, Australians are being encouraged to mark the day from home.
A key part of that is the Light Up The Dawn initiative, backed by the RSL and News Corp, in which people will gather in their driveways, on their balconies or in their windows at 6am to listen to a streamed Dawn Service from the Australian War Memorial and hold up a candle or light.
To make this easier, we have created a Virtual Candle for you to turn your phone into a shining illumination, along with other relevant Anzac Day content: the traditional Ode and the Last Post.
You can use these to Light Up The Dawn or for moments of quiet personal reflection across the weekend.
It's free and really simple to get and use. Here's how:
- Go to this newspaper's app, or website (desktop or mobile). If you're reading this online, just click here.
- Look for the Light Up The Dawn banner then click on it.
- You'll land on the Light Up The Dawn landing screen, which has tabs saying Virtual Candle, The Ode and The Last Post.
- Click on the relevant tab to experience each part of the content.
- The Virtual Candle is exactly that: a calming, flickering candlelight.
- The Ode features the famous verse saluting our fallen, in text and read aloud.
- The Last Post features an audio recording of the bugle/trumpet salute and images of Australian service personnel across the decades, from the Boer War to Afghanistan.
Do use it as often as you like and share it on social and with your friends and family.
HOW TO MARK ANZAC DAY 2020
Stream a short commemorative service
The service will include:
● Acknowledgment of Country
● The Ode - RSL Queensland President Tony Ferris
● The Last Post - Australian Army Band Brisbane
● A minute's silence
● Reveille - Australian Army Band Brisbane
● The National Anthem - Australian Army Band Brisbane
Share your Anzac spirit
Use the hashtags #ANZACspirit and #lightupthedawn when sharing your images.
You can also have a poppy laid at ANZAC Square on your behalf, hear The Last Post and be led in a minute's silence, and learn about Queensland's military history through online collections and resources curated by the State Library of Queensland for the ANZAC Square Memorial Galleries.
Watch the Dawn Service
A service will be broadcast live from the Australian National War Memorial in Canberra on the ABC from 5.30am. There will also be a 10am closed service from Sydney that will be broadcast on ABC.
Reach out to veterans
You can also support members of the Australian Defence Force who are currently serving at by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Record yourself reciting the ode or sharing a message of support for veterans on the RSL NSW Facebook. Then use the hashtag #ANZACSpirit and share how you'll be commemorating privately, as well as who you'll be remembering this ANZAC DAY.
Donate to the ANZAC Appeal.
Donate to the AnzacAppeal and support Australian veterans and their families in need.
Use technology to pay your respects
If you have voice assistants Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, you can get started by simply saying "Launch Anzac Stories" to your voice assistant.
Or by using the ANZAC 360 app, you can explore the Australian Remembrance Trail through France and Belgium using virtual reality technology, interactive videos and 360-degree drone footage that allows you to explore eight key sites and battles
Originally published as At home we will remember them: Anzac Day 2020 guide