6am Saturday 25 April 2020
State Member for Caloundra Mark McArdle has asked Caloundra and Hinterland residents to join him to “Light Up The Dawn” from their home in honour of Australian veterans this ANZAC Day.
It comes as RSLs across the country recently made the difficult decision to cancel their ANZAC Day gatherings in response to the COVID-19 situation.
“In the coming months, so many important events are going to look very different from previous years and sadly, the great Australian tradition of honouring our diggers on ANZAC Day is one such event which has been impacted by this health crisis,” Mr McArdle said.
“Right now our connection to each other, to our past, to the people who fought for our freedom and to our ‘ANZAC Spirit’, is something that will help us all weather this storm, together.
“While we cannot physically come together at dawn services in the community, RSL Queensland has asked us to honour our diggers in a different way.
“At 6am on Saturday 25 April, we can all ‘Light Up The Dawn” together.
- Stand at the end of your driveway, on your balcony or in your living room
- Tune into RSL QLD’s live stream from your smart phone or computer to watch the commemorative service
- Come together in spirit to remember all those who have served and sacrificed for our country
“I would also encourage everyone who does participate to share a photo of themselves online with #lightupthedawn.
“If we all participate from home in the same way, and tune into the live stream online where possible, we can still share the collective experience of ANZAC Day in a moving and meaningful way,” Mr McArdle concluded.
Visit https://rslqld.org for more information, to pledge your participation and to watch the live stream.
Ends. For further information contact: Media Unit, Office of Mark McArdle, 0438 449 243.