Commemorate Anzac Day by lighting up the dawn
LAKE Macquarie City Council is encouraging residents to commemorate this Anzac Day at home by lighting up the dawn.
Lake Macquarie Mayor Cr Kay Fraser, recognised the safety of our community as our highest priority while we all remember the sacrifices made by our service men and women.
"While traditional Anzac Day events will not be taking place due to COVID-19 restrictions, I'm encouraging everyone in Lake Macquarie to participate in a driveway commemoration." said Cr Fraser.
"At 6am on Anzac Day, light up the dawn by standing at the end of your driveway, on your balcony or in your living room to remember all those who have served and sacrificed."
You can sign the pledge to light up the dawn at rslanzacspirit.com.au.
If you are a musician, we invite you to play the Last Post and Rouse, or Reveille. The organisation musicformateship.org have provided tutorials on how to learn the music as well as a sample letter to notify your neighbour of your involvement.
"It will be a powerful moment to have musicians around our City all playing together from their homes," said Cr Fraser.
"It's an important day for the community to pause and pay tribute to the many men and women who have served, and died for, our Country."
RSL NSW have organised a range of additional activities for Australian's to get involved in on the day.
ANZAC Day 2020 is Facebook event where you can record yourself reciting the ode or sharing a message of support for veterans. Use the hashtag #ANZACSpirit you can share how you'll be commemorating privately, as well as who you'll be remembering this Anzac Day.
"It's wonderful to see the ways that NSW RSL's have adapted to create meaningful events that everyone can be a part of," said Cr Fraser.
Mayor Cr Kay Fraser also recognises this as an important day to check in with friends or family who might be isolated during these challenging times.
"The Anzac spirit encapsulates mateship and looking out for each other - something that is more important than ever." said Cr Fraser.
"Many of our older citizens are isolated at the moment, Anzac Day can be a reminder to give them a call and check in and see how they are feeling. You can even use it as an opportunity to learn about their past and our history."
If you are looking for other activities, The Australian War Memorial has posted some of their Favourite Anzac Biscuit Recipes on their website, for you to spend the day cooking with your family.
A live broadcast of the National Commemorative Service will also air on ABC from 5.30am.
"I look forward to seeing all the creative ways our Lake Mac community will embrace Anzac Day and look forward to commemorating this day together safely."