Driveway dawn service to commemorate Anzacs

Sound Telegraph
War Memorial Village Green
Camera IconWar Memorial Village Green Credit: Picture: City of Rockingham

The City of Rockingham is encouraging the community to get behind RSLWA’s driveway dawn service campaign.

This year’s official Anzac Day public commemoration services are the first to be cancelled since World War II.

As a result, RSLWA will instead be encouraging people to light a candle and stand in quiet contemplation at the end of their driveways or on their balconies at 6am on April 25.

Several local radio stations will be broadcasting memorial services and ABC Radio will sound The Last Post followed by a one-minute silence.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the driveway dawn services represented a unique opportunity for the community to connect during an unprecedented time.

“For many of us Anzac Day is normally a chance to come together as one and commemorate the men and women who fought for our country; however, this year things will be quite different because of COVID-19,” he said.

“While we may not be able to stand side by side like we usually do to pay our respects, we are still able to connect as a community by getting up early on April 25 and gathering with our families on our driveways to commemorate those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

“The City of Rockingham has close ties to defence, particularly with the Royal Australian Navy and its presence at HMAS Stirling, and we encourage the community to get behind RSLWA’s driveway dawn service tribute.”

Mr Sammels will be laying wreaths at both the Rockingham War Memorial at the Village Green and Veterans Memorial Park in Port Kennedy on Anzac Day.

People intending to lay their own wreaths at memorials are welcome to do so but are reminded to continue following the Federal Government and State Government’s social-distancing rules.

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