ANZAC DAY in City of Adelaide

Lord Mayor of Adelaide Sandy Verschoor is encouraging everyone to pay their respects from home this year.

Due to the social distancing restrictions in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Anzac Day commemorations will look different in the city this year.

A modified Anzac Day Dawn service will still be taking place at the South Australian War Memorial but with a much reduced capacity and will not be open to the public.

Instead the Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor is urging the community to stay at home and listen to the Adelaide Dawn Service, which will be broadcast live at 6am on radio and television by the ABC.

The Lord Mayor said the community could still honour the sacrifices made by Australia’s war heroes by having their own ceremony at home and participating in the Light Up the Dawn initiative.

“It is very unfortunate that the public, including the families of current and former service men and women, as well as the organisations who usually place tributes, cannot attend this year’s Dawn Service due to the pandemic, however, we can still come together from a safe distance to pay our respects,” the Lord Mayor said.

“I encourage everyone to take the time to reflect on those who made the ultimate sacrifice by lighting a candle in remembrance on their driveway, balcony or window.

“The City of Adelaide will be paying its respects by changing the colour of the Adelaide Town Hall lights to purple.

“We will also have a lone piper playing ‘Amazing Grace’ from the Adelaide Town Hall balcony at 11:00.

“At the same time, we will have pipers in the town squares and at 88 O’Connell in North Adelaide playing the same tune.”

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