Mayor’s Anzac Day message – East Gippsland

Small crosses with red poppies tied to them

It’s been just over 100 years since the first Anzac Day, but this year will be different to all the others.

While we can’t gather at cenotaphs or the Shrine of Remembrance, it doesn’t mean Anzac Day and the sacrifices of our service personnel are forgotten.

We can all pay our respects in our own way on Anzac Day, whether that’s wearing a sprig of rosemary, watching or listening to a service, or perhaps lighting a candle.

One suggestion that has gained popularity is to stand at your driveway at 6am for a minute’s silence.

Some broadcasters will be playing The Last Post or live streaming services from the Australian War Memorial or Shrine of Remembrance.

RSL Victoria is asking people to share photos of themselves in their driveway at dawn on the RSLVIC Facebook page using the hashtag #STANDTO.

You might also choose to take a free virtual tour of the Australian War Memorial.

Whichever way you choose to commemorate Anzac Day, please follow social distancing rules and be mindful of your neighbours if you observe Anzac Day at dawn.

Everyone reflects in their own way, so please don’t impose your chosen way on your neighbours.

Cr John White, East Gippsland Shire Council Mayor

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