Changes to ANZAC Day 2020

RSL Queensland cares deeply about the welfare of our members, the veteran community and the general public. The Coronavirus pandemic is something that is of great concern to many in our community, particularly among the older generation.

On Friday 13 March, the Commonwealth’s Chief Medical Officer advised against public gatherings of more than 500 people. We are currently assessing how we will progress ANZAC Day commemorations this year.

ANZAC Day is an opportunity for Australians to collectively remember those who have served and sacrificed for the way of life we all enjoy. This year we may not be able to commemorate it in time-honoured fashion, but we will adapt to meet our current circumstances.

Regardless of the form commemorations take, we will always remember the dedication, commitment and sacrifice of our Defence forces, past and present.

Lest we forget.

As we are reluctant to let the day go unobserved, the flame will be lit at the Cenotaph and  the flags at the Cenotaph and Witta Cemetery will be lowered to half mast. Baskets of rosemary will be left nearby. Individuals are invited to lay a tribute at the Cenotaph in their own time during the day.

There’s one suggestion that we think could be a really special way of showing our ANZAC spirit in these uncertain times across Maleny – At 6am on ANZAC Day, let’s gather – separate but united – at the end of our driveways (or on our balconies) and observe a minute’s silence as the sun rises.

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