This Saturday the 25th of April, 2020 is ANZAC Day.
ANZAC Day is the public holiday we have in New Zealand to honor those women and men both past and present who have served in the military services of our nation. Many did not return home so it only right that we remember them.
ANZAC Day 2020 will be very strange indeed…because of the Covid 19 outbreak and subsequent lock-down this will be the first time since 1916 when there will be no public celebrations of the day anywhere in New Zealand or Australia.
The New Zealand Returned Services Association (RSA), Australian Returned Service League (RSL) in concert with both local and national authorities are promoting an alternative to the usual Dawn Service.
This commemoration is titled: #Stand at Dawn- apart but together as one.
At 0600 hours on Saturday the 25th April they would like all New Zealanders & Australians to stand at their letterbox, at the end of their driveway, in their front yard or in their lounge as a way to commemorate the day.
A national remembrance service will be broadcast by Radio New Zealand online and on the radio for those who wish to listen in.
This will truly be in the spirit of the ANZAC tradition as this event will be happening in Australia with the exact same format.
Join myself and the many millions of other Australians and New Zealanders both at home and around the world who will Stand at Dawn this Saturday.
Lest we forget…..
Please note that as ANZAC Day falls in the weekend this year Ara Library will be closed on Monday the 27th April but will be back from 8 am on Tuesday the 28th.