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Let’s all Stand At Dawn – apart, but together as one

Let’s all Stand At Dawn – apart, but together as one

Posted April 21, 2020
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The Royal New Zealand Returned Services Association (RNZRSA), in conjunction with the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), will commemorate ANZAC Day services on 25 April by encouraging New Zealanders to Stand At Dawn.

The RNZSA National President B J Clark says “Anzac Day is one of the most important national occasions for both Australians and New Zealanders. In 2020, for the first time in history, Anzac Day Services across New Zealand have been cancelled due to COVID-19.

“Even though public Anzac Services are unable to go ahead, it does not mean that the tradition of remembering and commemorating our veterans and service personnel should be cancelled too.”

“Across New Zealand we want all communities to have the opportunity to Stand At Dawn on 25 April and remember both the sacrifices that have been made and continue to made by our servicemen and servicewomen who are called upon to serve New Zealand during times of war, conflict and disaster.

Clark adds that Stand At Dawn allows everyone to support all those who have served their country by being at home whether at their letterbox, front door, lounge or back yard.

“This is a unique way for families and communities to remember Anzac Day within the respective safety of their home ‘Bubbles’. The sacrifice everyone is being asked to make as part of the COVID-19 Lockdown is the same kind of ANZAC spirit that we honour for all those who have served New Zealand past, present and future.”

People are also being encouraged to dress up their yard or letterbox with poppies and to be ready at 6am to stand at dawn in front of the TV, courtyard, driveway, garden or even balcony - wherever they are.Wear your poppy or your uniform.

Gold FM will be presenting special dedications of music and messages on air throughout Anzac Day.We Will Remember Them.