In light of there being no ANZAC Day ceremonies this year due to COVID-19, Tamworth Regional Council will be marking the day in the following ways:
- There have been two wreaths made; the Mayor Col Murray and the Deputy Mayor Phil Betts will lay them at memorials in Tamworth and Kootingal on Saturday.
- Cr Murray has advised he will commemorate the day privately by standing on his patio at dawn and listening to commemorative services on the radio.
- A social media post will be circulated on Facebook and Instagram, on ANZAC Day, of Cr Murray saying The Ode with the hashtag #ANZACSpirit.
- ANZAC Day is a tradition that is close to Cr Murray’s heart with his father a veteran of World War II and his uncle also a casualty of WWII.
- Cr Murray will join Tracy Hicks, the mayor of Tamworth’s sister city in New Zealand’s south island, Gore, in a live broadcast on 88.9fm at 11.30am on Friday, 24 April 2020.
- Council encourages the community to support contactless initiatives including those suggested by RSL NSW:
- Doing a social media recording of The Ode or sharing a message of support for veterans using the hashtag #ANZACSpirit
- Reaching out to someone who is alone during this isolating time.
- Light up the dawn – standing at the end of your driveway or balcony and listen to commemorative services
6am A live broadcast of the National Memorial Service from the Australian War Memorial on ABCTV, iview, Radio and online. This includes from around 6am, The Last Post and a minute of silence, where you can pay your respect at the same time as your local community.
11.30am: Two-minute reflection which includes The Ode, The Last Post followed by a minute silence across ABCTV, iview, Radio and online
6.55pm: The Governor-General, David Hurley Anzac Day message on ABCTV and Radio
6am Special commemoration segment – broadcast live from a street in Calala, Tamworth and streamed on Facebook
5.30am “Light up the Dawn” special commemoration segment
6am – 8am “Light up the Dawn” service followed by “The Spirit of the ANZACs” with ANZAC tributes and ANZAC inspired country music.