On ANZAC Day, we remember

On this day, above all days, we recall those who served in war and who did not return to receive the grateful thanks of the nation.

ANZAC Day 2020: Embracing the Spirit of Mateship

RSLWA Commemorative Service

Live at 6.30am, 25th April 2020

RSLWA is encouraging all Aussies to get creative in a show of mateship this ANZAC Day – by standing in quiet contemplation at the end of their driveways, or on their balconies, at 6am on April 25.

RSLWA is encouraging all Aussies to get creative in a show of mateship this ANZAC Day – by standing in quiet contemplation at the end of their driveways, or on their balconies, at 6am on April 25.

RSLWA will lead this unique  tribute to our fallen servicemen and women and those who have or still serve today.

The dawn commemorations will take place in the wake of the first cancellation of our ANZAC Day services since WWII, due to the COVID-19 crisis.

We invite the entire community of Western Australia to get behind us by:

  • Watching our Community Service Annoucement on how we can commemorate, starring some of WA’s most inspiring Veterans, as well as the WA Governor, His Excellency Kim Beazley AC, State Premier Mark McGowan and RSLWA CEO John McCourt. You can watch it here. 
  • Having children create craft or draw pictures about ANZAC Day and post on the RSLWA Facebook page and place in their home windows.
  • Sharing our mateship-themed Veteran video profiles and articles on social media.
  • Posting ANZAC Day tributes and photos to RSLWA’s Facebook and Instagram pages, including the #rslwamateship and #DrivewayDawnService hashtag on all social posts.
  • Donating to our annual ANZAC Appeal with funds going toward the health, wellbeing and advocacy of our valued Veterans – https://www.rslwa.org.au/donate/.

And on ANZAC Day, by:

  • Lighting a candle and joining our ANZAC Day driveway Dawn Service at 5.55am on April 25. Tuning in to ABC Radio, 6PR, 96FM and 6IX for the dawn commemoration that will include The Ode, The Last Post and one-minute’s  silence #DrivewayDawnService
  • Tuning into a special commemorative service at 6.30am on this web page and the RSLWA Facebook page, featuring messages from Governor of Western Australia, Kim Beazley AC; Premier Mark McGowan; Senator Linda Reynolds CSC, and RSLWA State President, Mr. Peter Aspinall AM.
  • Firing up a family barbecue or a traditional gunfire breakfast of bacon, eggs and sausages … plus a mug of (rum-spiked) tea or coffee to toast the fallen.

With the pandemic causing all major events across the world to be cancelled, RSLWA State President, Peter Aspinall,  said such a display of respect and solidarity would send a powerful message of support to our Veterans, their families and the entire Defence community.

Lest we forget!

Veteran Stories

RSLWA Driveway Dawn Service

“It was a challenging deployment. We had various numbers of ramp ceremonies and when you lose someone when you’re away on operations, you don’t necessarily know the person as an individual, but they are still part of that Defence family.” – WOFF Jen Riches

Read the story here

“The friendly banter ran back and forth between us freely, as if we’d known each other for years and I watched the years fall off him right there and then, as a decent smile finally begins to form on his face and he begins to tell me about his best mate who was an Aboriginal man from the Kimberley.” – Ron Bradfield Jnr

Read the story here

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