Victorians will be able to honour the sacrifice of our service men and women in person this year, with hundreds of local services expected at RSLs across the state and limited attendance at the traditional ANZAC Day Dawn Service and March.
The Victorian Government has worked closely with RSL Victoria to ensure veterans and their families could march this year, but encourages Victorians to stay local on ANZAC Day.
RSL sub-branch, local government and community services are being planned for ANZAC Day – so finding a service close to home is an easy, meaningful and COVIDSafe way to remember those who served.
The ANZAC Day March can proceed safely with 5500 people, in line with the application submitted by the RSL and approved under Victoria’s Public Events Framework.
The traditional Dawn Service and Commemorative Services will also be held with smaller numbers in partnership with the Shrine of Remembrance, and live streamed for all Victorians to watch at facebook.com/rslvic.
Victorians can also share their show of remembrance from home by taking part in #lightupthedawn on social media while observing the traditional minute’s silence from their driveways, front yards or balconies.
The Government provides annual funding of $80,000 to RSL Victoria to support ANZAC Day commemorations and will increase that amount to $330,000 this year to ensure the safety of participants.
Anzac Day – one of our most important national days – began as a commemoration of the landing of Australian and New Zealand forces at Gallipoli in 1915 during World War One. It has grown to become a reflection on the service and sacrifice of all Australians who have served in conflict or on peacekeeping operations.
On ANZAC DAY donations to the Anzac Appeal are encouraged through anzacappeal.com.au.
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