Residents urged to light up the dawn in Lake Macquarie on Anzac Day

Lake Macquarie residents are being encouraged to light up the dawn while commemorating Anzac Day at home this year.
Lake Macquarie residents are being encouraged to light up the dawn while commemorating Anzac Day at home this year.

Lake Macquarie residents are being encouraged to light up the dawn while commemorating Anzac Day at home this year.

In what will be most significant change to Anzac Day commemorations due to COVID-19, there will be no public services or events this year.

Instead, Australians are being urged to marked Anzac Day at home by standing at the end of their driveway, on the vernadah, balcony or even in their living room with a candle, torch or lantern at 6am on Saturday, April 25, as part of the Light Up the Dawn commemorative campaign.

"While traditional Anzac Day events will not be taking place due to COVID-19 restrictions, I'm encouraging everyone in Lake Macquarie to participate in a driveway commemoration," Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser said.

"At 6am on Anzac Day, light up the dawn by standing at the end of your driveway, on your balcony or in your living room to remember all those who have served and sacrificed."

You can sign the pledge to light up the dawn at rslanzacspirit.com.au.

If you are a musician, the council is inviting you to play the Last Post and Rouse, or Reveille.

The organisation musicformateship.org have provided tutorials on how to learn the music as well as a sample letter to notify your neighbour of your involvement.

"It will be a powerful moment to have musicians around our City all playing together from their homes," Cr Fraser said.

"It's an important day for the community to pause and pay tribute to the many men and women who have served, and died for, our country."

So far the musicians registered to perform an Anzac Day tribute in Lake Macquarie are:

RSL NSW has organised a range of additional activities for Australian's to get involved in on the day.

ANZAC Day 2020 is a Facebook event where you can record yourself reciting the ode or sharing a message of support for veterans. Use the hashtag #ANZACSpirit you can share how you'll be commemorating privately, as well as who you'll be remembering this ANZAC Day.

"It's wonderful to see the ways that NSW RSL's have adapted to create meaningful events that everyone can be a part of," Cr Fraser said.

She added that is is important to check in with friends or family who might be isolated during these challenging times.

"The Anzac spirit encapsulates mateship and looking out for each other - something that is more important than ever," she said.

"Many of our older citizens are isolated at the moment, Anzac Day can be a reminder to give them a call and check in and see how they are feeling. You can even use it as an opportunity to learn about their past and our history."

If you are looking for other activities, The Australian War Memorial has posted some of their Favourite Anzac Biscuit Recipes on their website, for you to spend the day cooking with your family.

A live broadcast of the national commemorative service from the Australian War Memorial will also air on ABC from 5.30am.

"I look forward to seeing all the creative ways our Lake Mac community will embrace Anzac Day and look forward to commemorating this day together safely," Cr Fraser said.

This story Light up the dawn in Lake Macquarie first appeared on Lakes Mail.