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    Default ANZAC Day - 25th April 2020 - We Will Remember Them, Lest We Forget

    ANZAC Day - 25th April 2020 - We Will Remember Them, Lest We Forget

    Hopefully everyone is aware that due to the government rgulations on gathers this years ANZAC Day memorials, services and marches have been cancelled.

    I received the following suggestion/request from the NSW RSL on how to Honour the Day and Remember.

    Will you join us and #lightupthedawn?

    At 6am on ANZAC Day, join us at the end of your driveway, on your balcony, or in your living room to remember all those who have served and sacrificed.

    While we may be apart, we can be together in spirit.

    Find out more at rslanzacspirit.com.au

    I have bought a candle to light and leave on my fence post after the 6am call at the bottom of my driveway.

    This is the first time in over 35 years I've not attended the local dawn service.

    I hope amidst all the isolation and restrictions that are current you will still stop and remember how fortunate we are to live in Australia along with the legacy we own to those who sacrificed their all for us. We Will Remember Them, Lest We Forget.....


    The Ode comes from For the Fallen, a poem by the English poet and writer Laurence Binyon and was published in London in the Winnowing Fan; Poems of the Great War in 1914. The verse, which became the League Ode, was already used in association with commemoration services in Australia in 1921.

    "They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
    Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
    At the going down of the sun and in the morning
    We will remember them."

    Each year after Anzac Day and Remembrance Day debate rises on the word 'condemn' or 'contemn'. The Ode used is the fourth stanza of the poem For the Fallen by Laurence Binyon and was written in the early days of World War One. By mid September 1914, less than seven weeks after the outbreak of war, the British Expeditionary Force in France had already suffered severe casualties. Long lists of the dead and wounded appeared in British newspapers. It was against this background that Binyon wrote For the Fallen. The poem was first published in The Times on 21 September 1914 using the word 'condemn'. Some people have suggested that the use of 'condemn' in The Times was a typographical error. However, The Winnowing Fan, published a month or two later and for which Binyon would have had galley proofs on which to mark amendments, 'condemn' was again used.
    The British Society of Authors, executors of the Binyon estate, says the word is definitely 'condemn', while the British Museum, where Binyon worked, says its memorial stone also shows 'condemn'. Both expressed surprise when told there had been some debate about the matter in Australia. The condemn/contemn issue seems to be a distinctly Australian phenomenon. Inquiries with the British, Canadian and American Legions revealed that none had heard of the debate.
    'Contemn' is not used in Binyon's published anthologies and the two volumes set, Collected Poems, regarded as the definitive version of Binyon's poems, uses 'condemn'. The Returned and Services League handbook shows 'condemn' and a representative of the Australian War Memorial said it always used 'condemn' in its ceremonies.

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    We will probably watch the Dawn Service from Melbourne Shrine on TV. We always watch the service from France as we were lucky enough to be present at that service in 2014 - one of the best experiences ever.
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    Default Show the ANZAC Spirit this Saturday 25th, 2020..

    Show Your ANZAC Spirit

    When times are tough, Australians have always relied on the distinctive qualities of mateship, humour, ingenuity, courage and endurance to get us through. Known as the ANZAC Spirit, these five qualities have defined Australians ever since the first troops landed on the beaches of Gallipoli in World War I.
    In the current climate, we’re reminding Australians that we all bear these qualities within us, ready to come to the fore when we need them.

    How You Can Commemorate ANZAC Day 2020

    There’s no doubt that ANZAC Day 2020 will be very different to ANZAC Days of previous years. While we will not be gathering at services or marches, there are still ways to acknowledge ANZAC Day and ensure Australian servicemen and women are appropriately remembered.
    1. Record yourself reciting the ode or sharing a message of support for veterans. Respond “Going” to our ANZAC Day 2020 Facebook event. Then use the hashtag #ANZACSpirit and share how you’ll be commemorating privately, as well as who you’ll be remembering this ANZAC Day.
    2. Light up the dawn. At 6am on ANZAC Day, go to the end of your driveway or stand on your balcony and listen to a brief commemorative service. Together – even while apart – we’ll remember those who served and sacrificed. You can sign the pledge to light up the dawn at rslanzacspirit.com.au
    3. Tune into live commemorative services. The ABC will be broadcasting a 5.30am service from the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. There will also be a 10am closed service from Sydney that will be broadcast on ABC (download the Order of Service). Both services will also be streamed live on the RSL NSW Facebook page.
    4. Reach out to a mate who might be alone. Many people are alone during this time of isolation. It’s an opportunity to invoke the ANZAC value of mateship and check to see how a mate is doing.
    5. Donate to the ANZAC Appeal online at anzacappeal.com.au. Donations support Australian veterans and their families in need. Donations in New South Wales support services provided by RSL DefenceCare and Veteran Sport Australia.

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    I will be at the end of the driveway at the appointed time with the service from the AWM on the computer playing it through a small stereo, the one I normally play music on in the shed.

    Although there will not be any mass gatherings this year I hope that there will be overall more people able to participate in the driveways/balconies and lounge rooms.

    Lest we forget ...
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    I have often thought of going to the dawn service but never have.
    This year I plan to light some candles in the driveway. I also have a plan of putting a candle in a glass jar in case of poor weather.
    Today there was a flyer in the letter box with details of the dawn service on ABC radio. Much appreciated as I can turn the garage radio on.

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    I think everyone should go to a Dawn service at least once. Went to the Shrine service one year and they have a very good service here in Sunbury but sadly not this year.

    We got a flyer as well from our local MP.

    I have made a temporary flagpole from a piece of 3/4 gal pipe with a garden stake stuck in it to tie the flag to.
    We will be out the front at dawn along with neighbours and the Dawn service on the radio.
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    Last night we printed out some flyers advising that we would be commemorating ANZAC day on our driveway to put on the doorsteps of the other houses in our Court and cut some sprigs of Rosemary to leave with them.

    Early this morning we went out to deliver them and found someone else's notice on our doorstep with a tealight candle. We think we know whose notice it was - there was only one house in the court that did not have the other notice on their doorstep.

    Hopefully there will be a few families participating. It will be a very special ANZAC Day.
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    I was disgusted today to find our the the retail sector is allowed to open for business as if an ordinary day here in NSW tomorrow for ANZAC Day.

    Totally disgracefull, dishonouring ANZAC Day and the Sacrifices of so many veterans.

    Sorry folk but the country has always stopped honour the Sacrifices of those who gave their all for Australia.

    We Will Remember Them, Lest We Forget

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    We will remember them.

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    Just had our very different ANZAC Day dawn service with folk asked to gather separately at the end of there driveways at 6am with a candle.
    Along the street I could see quite a few folk out.
    I had the service from the National War Memorial playing on my phone for the last post,
    then a beautiful surprise from around the corner, a piper playing.

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    Listened to the service from the Australian War Memorial. Only one in the street up. Had some candles along the driveway.

    Lest We Forget.
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    Quote Originally Posted by crowie View Post
    Just had our very different ANZAC Day dawn service with folk asked to gather separately at the end of there driveways at 6am with a candle.
    Along the street I could see quite a few folk out.
    I had the service from the National War Memorial playing on my phone for the last post,
    then a beautiful surprise from around the corner, a piper playing.
    It was similar here, Crowie.

    14 houses in the court, six households out on the street, most with candles, one had a metal firepit set up on the front of their driveway.
    I had my shed stereo ready to go last night but the people two houses up the road had their stereo going first so I left my shed door closed letting him play the AWM service. we all stood in the circle at the end of the court, right in front of my house, all keeping a "social" distance. After the ceremony we could hear a bagpiper playing in the distance.

    It was a good feeling knowing that scenes like this would be repeated all over the country with everyone "virtually" at the same ceremony.

    Covid Virus not withstanding - We will remember them.
    Theory and practice are the same in theory, but different in practice.

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    I was out but no-one else in our entire street was. Bit disappointing but not surprising.

    However.... A house load of young men at the T intersection of my street (who always have a front yard full of hoon cars) restored my faith in humanity. They were out with candles and dawn service blearing out of the garage radio.

    Made my eyes leak with pride for them.

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    Deb and I were out the front of our place at the appointed time.

    A couple of people were out. I live on a busy, for Wollongong, street and a few drivers obviously made a connection and had a look of contrition.

    I did have to do a preliminary check for wildlife of the eight legged variety
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