Anzac Day services overseas are cancelled again in 2021, while domestic services can go ahead in line with state and territory COVID rules.
FILE PHOTO: ANZAC Day 2020 in Kiama Downs, NSW. Photo by Brian Hartigan.
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Darren Chester said that because of the ongoing threat of COVID-19, formal Anzac Day services overseas will not go ahead as normal in 2021.
“This includes the Australian and New Zealand-led Anzac Day services in Turkey and the Australian services in France. However, some private commemorations by local officials will be held to honour our ANZACs.” Mr Chester said.
“This decision was made in the national interest for the protection of all Australians, at home and abroad, and on the advice of Australian health authorities, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and in consultation with host nations.
“Along with our own travel ban, we have taken into consideration a number of factors, primarily concerns about the welfare of Australians and other visitors travelling to Anzac Day services as well as views of host nations regarding visitors and large gatherings as well as the impact on health systems of overseas nations.”
Here at home, Minister Cheste said, despite some limitations on numbers and events to ensure things were done in a COVID-safe way, all Australians can again gather to commemorate Anzac Day this year.
“A COVID-safe national service will be held at the Australian War Memorial and broadcast nationally, with all Australians encouraged to tune in and watch on the day.
“Around Australia, commemorative activities will be planned, managed and delivered by the RSL, exservice organisations and community groups, in line with public health guidance in each state or territory.
“The Australian Defence Force will provide personnel to support as many services as possible around the country.”
Mr Chester said that, whether attending a local service or standing in your driveway and lighting up the dawn, he encouraged all Australians to continue the tradition of honouring our service personnel in a way that is solemn and respectful.
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs has a range of free resources available online for communities and individuals, to help them plan a commemorative service in their local area or at home. Visit the Anzac Portal for more information.
Details of the national service will be publicised closer to the date.
Enquiries relating to services in your state or territory should be directed to local organisers or the relevant health authority.
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