The Hon Darren Chester MP
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister for Defence Personnel
FOR what they have done this we will do — the simple reason all Australians must ensure the legacy of commemoration continues this Anzac Day.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said Anzac Day was the most sacred day of commemoration on the Australian calendar and a time for reflection to remember the service and sacrifice of all Australian service personnel who have served the nation for over a century.
“As Australians we grow up learning about the Anzac tradition and recognise those who have served and provided us with the freedoms we enjoy today,” Mr Chester said.
“Last year, in the face of a global pandemic we found new ways to honour those who serve and have served — driveway vigils at dawn, private floral tributes, and contacting current and former defence personnel to check in and thank them for their service.
“As we successfully navigate our way out of the global pandemic I am encouraging all Australians to attend a local service and show their respect for those who have served, subject to local health advice.
“At its heart, Anzac Day is a time for personal reflection, and attending a dawn service or march is just one way we can show our respect, but there are a number of ways Australians can commemorate in the lead-up to, and on, Anzac Day.
“However Australians choose to commemorate the day, it’s important that we all ensure our veterans, current Australian Defence Force members, their families and the thousands of descendants of our veterans know that we value the contribution of those who have served our country.”
While the coronavirus pandemic still affects how we do things, there are ways Australians can mark Anzac Day, including:
- Attending a local community dawn or commemorative service (pending the latest health advice).
- Tuning in to the ABC to Watch the Dawn Service and National Ceremony live from the Australian War Memorial.
- Leaving a poppy and personalised Anzac Day message on the Virtual Poppy Wall alongside thousands of other Australians.
- Taking part in the RSL’s ‘Light up the Dawn’ campaign, which may include standing at the end of your driveway at dawn.
- Exploring the Australian War Memorial’s Anzac At Home content online for videos, activities and recipes.
- Taking a photo of the local war memorial or honour board and upload it to Places of Pride to help build the national register of Australian war memorials.
- Taking part in their own private commemorations in a respectful, solemn and dignified way.
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs has also released a digital ‘kitbag’, which has a range of practical resources to help people mark Anzac Day — from families, local community groups right through to someone wanting to hold their own private commemoration.
“The kitbag includes posters, sample speeches, orders of service, supporting music, crafts cards on how to make Anzac biscuits, poppies or a wreath and a range of supporting social media assets, including social media banner images,” Mr Chester said.
“Everything is free, all in one spot and downloadable, making it simple for all Australians to access and use.
“With many options available to commemorate this Anzac Day, as a nation we can all proudly carry on the legacy of acknowledging service and sacrifice on Anzac Day in 2021.”
Visit the Anzac Portal website to view the Anzac Day kitbag.
Rachel Tharratt: 02 6277 7820
DVA Media: 02 6289 6466
Office of the Hon Darren Chester, Canberra ACT
Open Arms — Veterans and Families Counselling provides support for current and ex-serving ADF personnel and their families. Free and confidential help is available 24/7. Phone 1800 011 046 (international: +61 1800 011 046 or +61 8 8241 4546) or visit www.OpenArms.gov.au