ANZAC Day, Australia’s most sacred day, has been majorly disrupted by the Coronavirus pandemic, with all traditional services now cancelled.
The services to mark the participation in World War 1 will no longer take place due to restrictions on large gatherings caused by the threat of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
At the time of writing this article Australian’s are not permitted to gather in groups of more than two people, making it impossible to show hold the usual parades and presentations.
Instead, Australians are looking at alternatives to show their respects on April 25.
One alternative that has been gaining traction is the idea of a dawn driveway service, loosely named Light Up The Dawn. It has been suggested that Australians walk to the ends of their driveways at dawn with candles to show their respects.
The driveway movement has even gained the endorsement of the RSL. RSL Australia general manager Kim Henshaw said “This gives them a way that they can have their own private commemoration. We see it as very positive indeed.” (source: news.com.au).
Whatever the outcome we believe all Australians will unite, albeit from a distance, to show their respects in what will be the most unique ANZAC Day we have ever seen.