Reminder to stick to your bubble this Anzac Day
Residents across Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty are being reminded to keep safe and stay at home when marking Anzac Day this year.
In response to COVID-19, there will be no public events to commemorate Anzac Day this Saturday, April 25.
This is the first time since Anzac Day services began in 1916 that New Zealanders are not able to gather nationwide to mark the anniversary.
Instead, everyone is encouraged to find other ways to remember and honour all those who served and are still serving New Zealand in conflict and peacekeeping. But from the comforts of their home.
Western Zone Civil Defence Controller Eric Newman encourages everyone to mark the anniversary in their own way but be mindful that this follows Alert Level 4 lockdown guidelines.
“We might not be able to gather in person but it does not mean the tradition of remembering and commemorating veterans should be missed,” explains Eric.
“However you choose to mark the day please make sure that is done by sticking to your bubble and keeping everyone safe.”
There are a number of virtual services and online events that people can attend on Saturday morning.
As part of a nationwide campaign, New Zealanders are being asked to unite at 6am on April 25 at their letterboxes, front doors, balconies or living rooms.
While Radio New Zealand will broadcast a virtual Anzac Day dawn service at 6am, bringing Kiwis elements of the traditional service with the music of The Last Post and the national anthem. Kiwis are encouraged to listen live on their phones or radios as they stand at dawn across the country.
You can also share photos of how you are celebrating Anzac Day on social media with the hashtag #StandAtDawn.
Eric also reminds people not to visit cemeteries and grave sites of loved ones over the weekend.
“Of course families will wish to remember loved ones who gave their lives for our country but it is important we all observe the bubble guidelines and stay at home.
“We will all need to do things a little differently this year. Apart, but together as one.”
For more details on ways to mark Anzac Day visit www.standatdawn.com.
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