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Standing at dawn on Anzac Day

ANZAC Day will be different across New Zealand this year. Image: Daniel Hines.

Despite the country being in lockdown and official Anzac Day services cancelled, New Zealanders can still commemorate Anzac Day from their homes by Standing at Dawn.

Since it was announced that services would be cancelled on April 25 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, posts have been making their way across Facebook with people planning to stand at the end of their driveway at 6am on Saturday, April 25.

“I think it’s a lovely idea,” says Mount RSA club support manager Peter Moss. “I would certainly be into that.

“We believe Anzac Day does deserve to be commemorated, we just don’t want to put people in any danger. It’s a pretty special day and while we’ve still got a number of World War II veteran and veterans from Vietnam, Korea, Afghanistan and all the other areas of conflict, it’s good that it’s being acknowledged.”

“Anzac Day is a day when all New Zealanders come together to commemorate the sacrifices New Zealanders before us gave for our safety and security and to honour all returned servicemen and women," says Tauranga MP Simon Bridges.

“It’s a disappointment for so many that dawn services across the country have been cancelled. But just as those men and women before us left their homes to fight for our safety, right now we all have to stay at home to fight COVID-19.

“The RSA has proposed a different way all New Zealanders can commemorate this important day this year, while sticking to the lockdown rules, by Standing at Dawn."

Instead of getting up at dawn and attending a service, all New Zealanders can go down to their gates and stand and observe one minute’s silence at 6am.

Simon is encouraging all New Zealanders to get behind this idea if they can still abide by the lockdown rules.

“There will be some instances where it may not be possible to go down to your front gate, for example if you live in an apartment and are unable maintain physical distancing. In those cases it is more appropriate to observe the one minute’s silence from your balcony or remain indoors and observe the one minutes silence from your home.

“This is as a practical way to continue to commemorate Anzac Day despite being in lockdown, so long as Kiwis observe physical distancing rules.

“It’s just one way as a country we can show how united and strong we are, despite the current circumstances.”

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Good on You

Posted on 13-04-2020 21:57 | By

Morepork. No matter what happened, how they felt, whatever the weather, they gave. As ex Military I will be at my gate. It’s a long walk but I will be there. Thank you Dad, thank you Grand-Dad. May you both RIP. I will remember you and love you always.

It’s The Least

Posted on 13-04-2020 17:44 | By Mommatum

......we can do to honour our fallen soldiers, who I’m sure never envisaged a pandemic affecting their children. I’m not a morning person either but it’s a small sacrifice compared to what they gave, I live in a block of flats but will find an appropriate place to pay my respects. “Least we forget.”

I'm not...

Posted on 13-04-2020 12:25 | By morepork

… a "morning person" and "6 am" is not on my clock. But when I think what these Kiwis went through and the sheer size of their sacrifice, it seems to me that respect for them requires a little "inconvenience" on my part. I don’t like war and I don’t condone it, but the people need to be remembered. I’ll be at my gate.

Anzac Day

Posted on 13-04-2020 12:04 | By Val.M

A good idea standing at end of driveway but for many of us 6am not possible with health issues. If it could be done later many more of us, hopefully would be able to join in. Otherwise it could be a bit sparse.