20 April 2021
When COVID-19 forced the cancellation of ANZAC Day services and marches across Australia last year, the nation united and rallied to Light Up The Dawn on driveways, balconies and front yards to let veterans know that their service and sacrifice will never be forgotten.
Whether gathering for public services or participating in private reflections, this year Australians have a choice in how they honour the service and sacrifice of veterans on ANZAC Day.
With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, various RSL sub-branches across the nation will safely host numerous events, services and marches for the public to attend on Sunday 25 April.
Acknowledging that some people may still feel uncomfortable in crowd situations, RSL Australia encourages those people to again Light Up The Dawn and stream a digital dawn service at 6am through lightupthedawn.com.au.
RSL National President Greg Melick said, “Regardless of how Australians choose to mark ANZAC Day, the most important thing is to pause and reflect on those who served and those who made the ultimate sacrifice for the nation.
“As this pandemic begins to ease, we are grateful to offer people a choice in 2021 in how they pay their respects, whether at a Dawn Service, marching with their mates, or honouring our veterans with personal reflection.
“ANZAC Day 2021 holds special significance as it marks major milestones for all three branches of Australia’s armed services.
“The RAN marks 110 years since it was granted the ‘Royal’ title by His Majesty King George V, the Australian Army recognises the two million Australians who have served, and continue to serve, under the Rising Sun Badge for the past 120 years, and the RAAF celebrates 100 years of service.
“Our armed services have loyally and courageously defended our nation for more than 100 years and I encourage all Australians to place our servicemen and women – past and present – at the front of our thoughts this ANZAC Day,” Greg Melick said.
For a full list of RSL ANZAC Day commemorative services and more information about Light Up The Dawn, visit lightupthedawn.com.au.