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COVID-19 rains on Anzac Day parades and services

COVID-19 rains on Anzac Day parades and services

Posted April 22, 2020
Council Matters

Covid-19 may have rained on Anzac Day parades and services, but nothing can take away the importance of the day.

Hauraki District Mayor Toby Adams says while traditional dawn services and marches are not possible this year, there are other ways to show our Anzac spirit.

“It’s an absolute shame that we can’t honour these men and women in the way we’ve honoured them in the past, but that doesn’t mean we can’t acknowledge them in other ways,” he said.

“We’re turning the Paeroa cenotaph red, and participating in the Stand at Dawn campaign. Please join us and use the day to remember, in your own way, those who have served and are still serving our country in conflicts and peacekeeping.”

In 2020, for the first time in history, Anzac Day Services across New Zealand have been cancelled due to COVID-19. Instead a national Stand At Dawn campaign is being jointly led by the RSA and New Zealand Defence Force.

People can show their support by standing at letterboxes, front doors, balconies and driveways at 6am on Saturday 25 April, but it’s important they stay within their bubble.

Photo: NZDF