The commemoration of ANZAC Day was particularly important this year as social distancing regulations prevented the usual public observance of this cultural remembrance. RSL Queensland invited members of the public to hold their own modified Dawn Service from their driveways as part of the #LightUpTheDawn campaign. It was quite moving to see so many members of our community participate as a sign of respect for members, past and present, of the Australian and New Zealand Defence Forces who have served and continue to serve to protect our rights and freedoms.
One mother shared the story of her son Austin and his friend Thomas. They put together 70 packs of candles and a letter inviting their neighbours to join in the #LightUpTheDawn campaign. They distributed the packs via a letterbox drop around the local area. The next morning there were a lot of people out paying their respects. Other parents shared how their children got up to play instruments, light candles and even decorated their driveways with wreaths and messages of thanks.
It was great to see three students, who are also members of the Australian Defence Force Cadets, come out early to participate in a modified Dawn Service around the flagpole at CHAC. They stood with pride as they represented their respective branches of the Australian Navy (CDTPO Petrou), Army (Cadet Harper) and Air Force Cadets (LCDT Philip). They showed past and present members of the ADF that even amidst these challenging times they would not be forgotten, but honoured. We were grateful also to Christopher O'Brien who came to play the Last Post and Reveille.
Lest We Forget