Time to reflect on Anzac Day safely and respectfully – Wollongong

Preparing Wollongong Cenotaph

Anzac Day 2020 is a special day for our nation, and it’s a time of remembrance and reflection.

In the lead up to Saturday 25 April, Wollongong City Council staff have been mowing lawns and carrying out essential maintenance around War Memorials that Council maintains across the city.

“We have a schedule of works throughout the year that ensure our Memorials and their surrounds are well-maintained,” Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM said.

“This includes an increased focus in the lead up to Anzac and Remembrance Days. This year, due to Coronavirus, it will be a different day of reflection. However, we still believe it’s essential these Memorials look their best. War Memorials are important year-round as a place to reflect and to remember,” Cr Bradbery said.

“We know these are valued spaces for all in our community and that’s why we have an ongoing works schedule but also look to upgrade the Memorials where it’s appropriate. Austinmer, for example, had its beachside Memorial upgraded in time for last year’s Anzac Day. Now it’s a more sympathetic and attractive space for reflection.”

Cr Bradbery encouraged all community members to stay at home and acknowledge and reflect on the resilience and fortitude demonstrated in Gallipoli during World War I and other areas of conflict.

“I see many people in our City showing their strength and character during this global health crisis,” Cr Bradbery said.

“I ask all our community members this year to come together in spirit instead of in person. We can keep the spirit of Anzac Day alive while continuing to be mindful of social distancing at this time and to mark this day safely and respectfully at their home on in their workplace. It will be a day when we are able to remember those served and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

“As we reflect on the sacrifice of those who served in the Military, we will remember the cost of the lifestyle and freedom that we enjoy today. We also realise that our efforts in the present crisis are part of a continuum of sacrifice by Australians for a better future. Lest we forget!”

For those at home, the ABC will begin its pre-service programming from 5 am, with the service broadcasted live from the Australian War Memorial’s Commemorative Area. The event will not be open to the public but will be broadcast live across Australia by the ABC and streamed online.

Pictured: Wollongong City Council’s Horticultural Trainee Mel Scott prepares the surrounds of the Wollongong Cenotaph for Anzac Day 2020.

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