22 Apr How will you commemorate ANZAC Day 2021?
In-person events and services are back across the region, thanks to the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, and RSL Wide Bay & Burnett District Branch President Trevor Williamson said local veterans were looking forward to “standing shoulder to shoulder once again”.
“While we encourage residents to attend their local ANZAC Day service to pay their respects, we also recognise that some people are unable to join us in-person, so this year Queenslanders can choose to take part virtually in Light Up The Dawn,” he said.
“This involves residents marking ANZAC Day at home, with a moment of private reflection at 6am in remembrance of those who have served and sacrificed for our nation.”
Mr Williamson said even with residents being able to virtually participate in ANZAC Day, Gladstone Region RSL Sub Branches were expecting local events and services to be well attended.
“Given that many were not able to attend last year’s events due to COVID-19 restrictions we are expecting large numbers of residents to turn out in-person this year to observe our national day of remembrance,” he said.
“Australians have always felt the importance of pausing and reflecting on the sacrifices our Defence men and woman have made over the many wars, campaigns and peacekeeping that our nation has contributed to, with many paying the supreme sacrifice.”
ANZAC Day 2021 holds special significance as it marks major milestones for all three branches of Australia’s armed services.
The RAAF celebrates 100 years of service, the Navy marks 110 years since it was granted the title Royal Australian Navy by His Majesty King George V, and the Army recognises the two million Australians who have served, and continue to serve, under the Rising Sun badge for the past 120 years.
All RSL Queensland Sub Branch ANZAC Day services and events will adhere to a COVID Safe Plan, and all attendees are asked to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines, including social distancing, and staying at home if sick.
For more information about Light Up The Dawn visit lightupthedawn.com.au.
Visit rslqld.org/whats-on/anzac-day for more information on local services.