Anzac Day in 2021 falls on a Sunday. For most fixed-date public holidays, when this happens, the following Monday becomes a public holiday, making a “long weekend”.
Anzac Day services and marches are back — but the century-old tradition still won’t be the same as before the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year marks the first time in two years that public commemorations to honour the sacrifices of Australia’s military forces will be given the go-ahead, so, if you have never attended one of these events, please consider doing so this year. They are very moving experiences, and they create in all of us a sense of community and gratitude for those who fought for our freedom. It also means a lot to our veterans to feel supported and appreciated.
Anzac Day comes after much of the community marked the nation’s day of mourning at home, in driveways, and on balconies amid the height of the pandemic last year.
While people can honour the fallen and those who served in Australia’s military at official dawn services and marches, strict COVIDSafe protocols will apply.
Some of Australia’s most iconic ceremonies have been relocated, while others have restricted numbers, with some events for veterans and serving personnel only.
If you’re staying at home, the RSL encourages people to light a candle and stand in their driveway, balcony, or living room to lightupthedawn and observe a minute’s silence.
Here’s how you can mark Anzac Day in your state:
Lest we forget!