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ANZAC DAY 2020: FAQ

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Is the ANZAC Day Dawn Service happening this year at Kings Park?
No.  In an effort to minimise the spread of COVID-19 in the community, and following the advice from the Federal Government, the RSLWA made the difficult decision to cancel all public commemoration services for ANZAC Day in 2020.
Will there still be an ANZAC Day March this year?
No.  Unfortunately, there will not be an ANZAC Day March this year.
While this is regrettable, it is necessary to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community and to protect our most vulnerable.
How can I still commemorate ANZAC Day from home?
 
 
As we approach the very first ANZAC Day since WWII without our traditional Dawn Service, we hope you will continue to help us honour our fallen, as well as those who served and still serve today.
This year, we invite you to take part in a unique 6am ANZAC Day Dawn Service.
Simply stand at the end of your driveway, or on your balcony, from 5.55am and tune in to ABC Radio to hear The Ode, The Last Post and join in the minute’s silence.
Following that, perhaps you and your household can share in a  traditional gunfire breakfast – an ANZAC Day tradition that honours the dead and unites the living – and raise a mug to our older Diggers, who, along with our entire community, remain at home in isolation.
What else can I do to commemorate ANZAC Day this year?
Together, but apart, we can continue to honour our ANZACs, veterans and fellow Australians – and demonstrate that the resilience and bravery they showed is still very much alive in us all today.
–      There’s a range if resources including veteran stories available on the RSLWA website (www.rslwa.org) and also via the Virtual War Memorial Australia (www.vwma.org.au.)
–      This year ANZAC Day’s theme is mateship.  Perhaps take the time to connect with those mates you don’t talk to often via a phone call or a FaceTime chat and honour the spirit of mateship.
–      For parents, we encourage you to talk to your children about ANZAC Day and even encourage them to design and colour their own poppy, or write their own story of mateship, to place in your front window.
Will there be a service on TV or the radio?
A very special live broadcast of RSLWA’s Commemoration Service will be televised this ANZAC Day at 10am.
Watch from the safety of  home as our His Excellency, the Governor of WA Kim Beazley, and Premier Mark McGowan lead tributes to the fallen in a moving ceremony.
How else can I support ANZAC Day?
Please consider giving to our ANZAC Appeal.
We very much rely on the kindness of our community, government grants, corporate, philanthropists and organisations such as Lotterywest to support our lifesaving programs of advocacy, welfare and service.
Every donation we receive is placed in the State Welfare Fund, allowing us to assist Veterans and their families in need.
To donate please visit: https://www.rslwa.org.au/donate/
If I practise social distancing, can I still visit the State War Memorial at King’s Park or other memorials to pay my respects this ANZAC Day?
 
This year we ask that you refrain from visiting our memorials and instead commemorate the spirit of ANZAC Day from the safety of your home.
I’m a veteran.  I’m feeling very isolated and alone at not being able to come together with fellow veterans this ANZAC Day.  
ANZAC Day, above all days, is a day we recall and give thanks to those who served in war and those who did not return.
During this time, more than any, we recognise people are isolated from loved ones and feeling lonely and worried. We want all members of our community, including our veterans, to feel connected and encourage you to connect with family and friends this ANZAC Day.
Be it a phone call, an email or a Facetime chat, ANZAC Day is a time to come together in any way possible and support one another.
We encourage any veterans requiring welfare assistance  at this time to get in contact with one of our team via welfare@rslwa.org.au
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