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Victorians urged to Light Up the Dawn this ANZAC Day

Victorians are asked to acknowledge the sacrifices of our brave servicemen and women this ANZAC Day by lighting candles at home as the sun rises.

ANZAC Day will be commemorated differently this year, with the RSL urging Victorians to Light Up the Dawn from their own homes and pay their respects.

Liberal Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson encouraged Victorians to commemorate ANZAC Day by lighting a candle in memory of fallen heroes on their front lawns, in their driveways, or on their balconies or verandahs as the sun comes up at 6am.

Rather than being yet another cancelled event, Senator Henderson said ANZAC Day 2020 will be one of the most memorable in Australian history.

“The coronavirus has left so many Victorians feeling isolated and helpless, but on this day of national significance, Victorians will still be able to participate in ANZAC Day commemorations from their own home,” Senator Henderson said.

“With ANZAC Day marches cancelled, RSL branches across the country have endorsed the gesture of families standing at their gates, on balconies or verandahs at 6am and proudly holding candles for our fallen heroes.

“If you don’t have a candle, bring out a torch or use the torch on your mobile phone.”

Victorians are encouraged to use their own words of reflection, name people they remember today, and give gratitude for those who served and sacrificed and those still serving our nation today.

People are also encouraged to Recite the Ode:

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.

Families participating in the Light Up the Dawn campaign are encouraged to share video and image tributes on social media using the hashtag #LightUpTheDawn


17 April 2020


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