Honour heroes at home

How to hold your own Anzac Day service.

Anzac Day holds a special place in the hearts of Australians, but this year’s commemorations will look very different as coronavirus forced the cancellation of traditional dawn services and gatherings.

Despite the cancellations, RSL Queensland President Tony Ferris called on Queenslanders to continue to honour veterans. 

“This Anzac Day, I’d like to see all Australians participate in a different kind of dawn service, an intimate reflection conducted on a mass scale that unites us all in the Anzac spirit,” Mr Ferris said. 

From crafting paper poppy wreaths and planting rosemary to baking enough Anzac biscuits to feed an army, Queenslanders have come up with creative ways to remember the sacrifice of Australia’s servicemen and women. 

ANZAC BISCUIT RECIPES

Bugler Daniel van Hoof-Harkin is one of thousands of Queenslanders who plan to commemorate Anzac Day at home.

“Every year our rowing club organises a commemoration service on the Brisbane River where we share some poems and readings before observing a minute’s silence,” Mr van Hoof-Harkin said.

“But this year I’ll be participating in an online commemoration service over Zoom as, unfortunately, we can’t hold our normal service.

“I will also be playing the Last Post at 6am from my front doorstep.”

Mr van Hoof-Harkin said sounding the Last Post was an important symbol of the spirit of Anzac Day.

“I’ve been to some services where I haven’t been able to hear anything that is being said, but once you hear the Last Post it stops you in its tracks,” he said.

“Everybody knows what it means, what it signifies, and everyone respects and acknowledges it’s wordless tribute to those that have fallen.”

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Mr Ferris said home commemorations would keep the Anzac spirit alive.

“Regardless of the form this year’s ANZAC Day commemorations take, we will always remember the dedication, commitment and sacrifice of our defence forces, past and present,” he said.

Mr van Hoof-Harkin said this year’s commemoration would be as meaningful as previous years.

“Our returned and fallen service men and women have not been forgotten, and, no matter where we are or what we’re doing, we appreciate and acknowledge their sacrifice,” he said.

Holding your Anzac Day service at home

At 6am you can stream a short commemorative service, provided by RSL Queensland, from your home. Share your home commemoration on social media using #LightUpTheDawn and #ANZACspirit.

The service includes:

  • Acknowledgment of Country
  • The Ode read by RSL Queensland President Tony Ferris
  • Last Post sounded by the Australian Army Band Brisbane
  • A minute’s silence
  • Reveille sounded by the Australian Army Band Brisbane
  • Advance Australia Fair performed by the Australian Army Band Brisbane