It was a clear cool dawn for ANZAC Day 2020, normally the Cenotaph would be overflowing, people lining the Esplanade and streets. This year was a very different kind of morning. This year we marked a solemn occasion separately, self-isolated and socially distanced, these are challenging and difficult times. The flags were flown at on the Cenotaph at half mast until noon as a sign of mourning for lost service men and women. At noon the Australian and New Zealand national flags were raised up from half mast.
Many locals followed regulations, standing on their driveways social distancing whilst commemorating the occasion. Families and neighbours lined their streets, many with homemade lanterns and wreaths, ensuring that those who do and have served in the defence of Australia were honoured.
“We do this to unite and protect the more vulnerable among us. This shows that the qualities for which we honour our ANZACs live on in each of us – endurance, courage, ingenuity, good humour, mateship and devotion to duty, to each other, to Australia.” Said Acting President Peter Hayton.
Thank you to everyone who joined us to help light up the dawn! We have been overwhelmed by the support from the community and the determination to ensure that our Veterans were not forgotten. It’s been a privilege to watch the community come together during such uncertain times.
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