A Different ANZAC Day

Today’s ANZAC Day Dawn Service has been a very different one with self isolation the order of the day. No gatherings at local Cenotaphs, no Gunpowder breakfasts, no soldiers marching proudly along the high street with their service medals on their chest.

This morning we took to our driveways and balconies together listening to the service on our devices from the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, together listening to the Ode, the bugles playing across the suburbs. Together we said Lest We Forget.

Despite the social distancing there have been aspects of this ANZAC Day that have made it special. Different though special.

Teddy Bears in windows were accompanied by red poppies crafted by Little People as part of homeschooling. There was evidence of poppies tied to letterboxes and one front garden was a sea of poppies made from red plastic plates. Not solemn perhaps but a simple lesson in how to pass on our history.

Last night I participated in an online clay poppy candle holder class and slept under the stars in the back yard as a fundraiser for Wounded Heroes who at a grassroots level assist our most marginalised exservice personnel and their families.

The local Museum has not only shared the history of our early pioneers who went to War, but also recipes that were favourites in days such as ANZAC Biscuits and Damper On A Stick which I’ll be having with barbeque.

Stories shared online have been numerous with so many causing a tear in the eye. The 100 year old Kokoda Track Digger who has never missed an Anzac Day being given a personal drive by in a WW2 jeep, the Changi Concert Band pianist who at 98 played alongside a professional brass band at his nursing home, and Captain Tom Murray. Captain Murray who not only raised millions to assist battling Brits, and who received a letter of thanks from 104 year old Vera Lynn. Pass me the tissues, will you please.

There seems to have been so much more this ANZAC Day – or maybe we’ve just had more time to listen. There have been concerts streamed, there has been poetry and artwork shared, there has been so much connectedness involved.

For those who have gone before us, and for those who follow : Lest We Forget.

14 thoughts on “A Different ANZAC Day

  1. Great post and I love the red poppy candle holder. I think you’re right about there being so much more about Anzac Day. Perhaps it’s because the gathering at vigils and marches has been so central to how we commemorate the day, that when that is taken away, we are forced to be creative and innovative. It would be great if some of these new ways continue next year. I would like to see the driveway vigil become an annual event, especially for those who cannot attend the official events.

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    1. I agree about retaining the driveway vigils. There have been some wonderful photos of homebound people really enjoying being able to participate, especially the elderly and those with young families. I’ve really enjoyed the war poetry this year. The local community theatre group have been reading poems which provides a better appreciation. Really good stuff.

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    1. Quite true. I think we may find the Driveway vigils become a new tradition : it is easier for those with young families and for the elderly. The oldies in care seemed to really benefit being able to participate. It doesn’t matter where or how you remember, as long as you do……..Thanks for dropping by 🙂

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