This Sunday is Anzac Day, commemorating the Anniversary of the Australian and New Zealand Defence forces’ campaign on the Gallipoli Peninsular.
As a special day on the Aussie and Kiwi calendar, it’s an important opportunity to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
Over the last decade, younger generations have also been partaking, and learning about their relatives’ roles in wars and conflicts gone by.
It’s a great thing and a curiosity that should be nurtured.
There are a number of public services taking place to pay your respects to those who served.
Brisbane’s main events will start with the traditional Dawn Service in Anzac Square beginning at 4:28am at the Shrine of Remembrance.
Second, a parade from 10am ‘til 12 noon featuring Defence Force veterans and supporting groups through the CBD.
The parade will start on George street, before turning down Adelaide street and finishing on Creek street.
And third, the ‘Light up the Dawn’ service – which anyone can partake in without leaving their property.
This was originally a COVID-safe lockdown option but is still a recognised alternative for those it suits best.
Simply be on your driveway at 6am with a lit candle in hand to pay your respects.
You can download a “Light Up the Dawn” audio service from the RSL QLD website to play on your driveway.
A number of local RSLs are also holding suburban services – to find your nearest head to www.rslqld.org.
And just a small note: please keep social-distancing in mind at the above public events – we’re not out of the woods yet.
Lest We Forget.