Anzac Day will look a little different again in 2021 due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.
Due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and the unpredictable nature of these, RSL Victoria is again encouraging Victorians to again ‘Light up the Dawn’ and acknowledge Anzac Day at the end of their driveways.
In the City of Casey, all local events have been replaced with smaller and private ticketed events, with invitations being extended to RSL members, local veterans, and their families. These events will be held at several locations and managed by organisers from the respective RSL’s and community groups.
Dawn services will occur at the Cranbourne RSL, Pearcedale Public Hall and Bunjil Place, along with morning services at the Cranbourne RSL and on Berwick, High Street. As in previous years, all these events are sponsored through Council’s Grant Funding Program. The broader public cannot attend these events, however, people are encouraged to lay a wreath at their local cenotaph or pay their respects at another time throughout the day.
City of Casey Chair of Administrators Noelene Duff PSM also encouraged the Casey community to commemorate the occasion from their homes and continue to unite as one.
“Despite not being able to get together again this year, it’s still extremely important that we honour those who have served, and continue to serve our wonderful country,” Ms Duff said.
“I urge you to get your family together this ANZAC Day and stand on your driveaway or balcony at 6.00 am on Sunday 25 April, to observe a minute of silence and listen to the Ode.”
The Melbourne Dawn Service at the Shrine of Remembrance will be televised, as in previous years.
For more information on the Light up The Dawn movement or other ways that you and your family can appropriately acknowledge Anzac Day, visit the Light up The Dawn website.
"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them."