People in Ripon are being encouraged to commemorate our servicemen and women from home this year.
All public ANZAC Day services have been cancelled this year as we all continue to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19, but Louise Staley MP is urging the community to come together still to reflect and remember.
“This year’s ANZAC Day is going to be like no other, with traditional services not proceeding and the opportunity to attend and pay respects at the local cenotaph not allowed,” Ms Staley said.
“However, while confined to our own homes, it simply means we can, and should, reflect in a different way.
“The RSL is encouraging Victorians to ‘Light up the Dawn’ for ANZAC Day, by standing in their driveways at 6 am for a minute’s silence under the light of a candle, torch, or even a mobile phone.”
Ms Staley said this was a fitting way to recognise the sacrifices made by past servicemen and servicewomen and those who continue to serve our nation today.
“People can then choose to stay and reflect for a while, or tune into the live televised service from the Australian War Memorial that is proceeding without veterans or public in attendance,” Ms Staley said.
“Our communities are facing difficult times at present and in this situation we are facing, it is perhaps more pertinent than ever to give thought to the brave men and women who served, the challenges they faced and hardships they endured.”