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Anzac Day 2020: Residents encouraged to have driveway dawn service as COVID-19 restrictions remain in place

Residents are encouraged to participate in a driveway dawn service for Anzac Day this year, as Coronavirus restrictions remain in place. 

For the first time since World War II, Western Australians are unable to commemorate Anzac Day at traditional dawn services as they are cancelled.

While COVID-19 has impacted how members of the public can acknowledge this important day in Australia’s calendar, residents across the region are encouraged to be innovative in the ways the local community demonstrates its gratitude and respect to the sacrifices made.

Instead, Returned and Services League Western Australia (RSLWA) has requested the community to take part in a unique Anzac Day dawn service by standing at the end of the driveway and lighting a candle at 6am, to pay tribute to the countries fallen servicemen and women.

Western Australians can also tune into ABC Radio, 6PR, 96FM and 6IX for the Dawn Service commemoration that will include The Ode, The Last Post and one minute’s silence.

Murray-Wellington MP Robyn Clarke said the theme of this year’s Anzac Day is ‘Embracing the Spirit of Mateship’. 

The MP said its a characteristic first exemplified by World War I diggers and something that is incredibly important for all Australian’s, towards each other, during a time of isolation and social distancing.

“COVID-19 has impacted every aspect of our lives, including how we commemorate Anzac Day this year,” she said. 

“We may need to be physically apart, but we can come together across our State, as a community, to show our respect for the great sacrifices of the Anzacs.

“I’ll be standing at the end of my driveway with my husband, we will read a poem written by one of our local community members and friend of mine, Trish Briggs.”

The Western Australian Police Forces have asked the WA community not to attend Kings Park, the local RSL or Cenotaph and abide by the social distancing restrictions. 

“If you do leave your home for one of the current essential reasons, remember to practice safe social distancing and do not attend any mass public gatherings,” WA Police said. 

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