Ahead of Anzac Day 2021, Premier Steven Marshall said he was encouraged to know many in the community will be able to attend Dawn Services thanks to over $160,000 in State Government funding to local organisers.
Despite the ongoing Covid-19 mass gathering restrictions, Premier Marshall, who holds the Veteran Affairs’ portfolio, said Anzac Day is one of the most solemn days of commemoration and was a day when we honour those who have served our nation and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
“In March there was some concern in the community that Dawn Services on Anzac Day would not be able to proceed in 2021 but that is certainly not the case,” Premier Marshall said.
“Following those reports, I announced we would provide funding assistance to cover the added costs involved with meeting Covid Safe requirements to ensure proposed Dawn Services could proceed.”
On April 25, separate to the State service at the National War Memorial on North Terrace, suburban events at many locations including Morphett Vale, Brighton, Hallett Cove, Robe, Murray Bridge will take place.
“The Government has provided funding to 11 separate organising committees to ensure their commemorative services can go ahead in a Covid Safe way,” Mr Marshall said.
“Additionally the Government, through Veterans SA, reached out to a significant number of RSL sub-branches and other organisations across the state to ensure local organisers were well equipped to run services in their community if they chose to. Pleasingly a number of services in both regional South Australian and metropolitan Adelaide will be held with some modifications.
“It has been an incredibly challenging 12 months and after severe lockdown restrictions in April 2020 I am delighted to know that we will be able to come together in our local communities and honour the service and sacrifice of our veterans and their families.”
The additional costs to ensure Anzac Day commemorations has been funded from Veterans SA and the Office of the Premier.
If you would like to know what is happening in your area for ANZAC Day, please contact your local RSL.