There’s no doubt that ANZAC Day 2020 will be very different to ANZAC Days of previous years.

Following government instructions regarding social distancing, the decision has been made to cancel all Parkes Shire ANZAC Day public services.

However, there are still a number of ways locals can acknowledge ANZAC Day and ensure Australian servicemen and women are appropriately remembered.

  • Stand at the end of your driveway at 6am and/or 10am on Saturday 25 April and observe a minutes silence. Together, even while apart, we’ll remember those who served and sacrificed. You can sign the pledge to light up the dawn at rslanzacspirit.com.au.
  • Tune into the ABC’s live broadcast of the national Dawn Service at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra from 5.30am. There will also be a 10am service from the Anzac Memorial in Sydney that will be broadcast on ABC and streamed live on Facebook.
  • Record yourself reciting the ode or share a message of support for veterans on social media. Then use the hashtag #ANZACSpirit to share how you’re commemorating, as well as who you’ll be remembering this ANZAC Day.
  • Reach out to a mate who might be alone. Many people are alone during this time of isolation. It’s an opportunity to invoke the ANZAC value of mateship and check to see how a mate is doing.
  • Donate to the ANZAC appeal online, anzacappeal.com.au. Donations help to provide specialist services like employment support, crisis accommodation, and health and wellbeing programs and financial assistance to thousands of veterans and their families.
  • Make a paper poppy wreath. Hang it on your door or fence to show your support for our service people this ANZAC Day.
  • Bake a batch of ANZAC biscuits! During the war, the biscuits were often baked to raise funds and an appropriate name helped sell them. They became ‘Red Cross biscuits’ or ‘Soldiers’ Biscuits’ and were often sent in care packages to the troops overseas. Without eggs, the biscuits kept well even on the long sea voyages of the day.

Parkes Shire Mayor, Cr Ken Keith OAM said "Australians are known for their qualities of mateship, humour, ingenuity, courage and endurance - and during this time of uncertainty, it's particularly important that we demonstrate these qualities and harness the 'ANZAC Spirit'."

"By paying our respects from home we can ensure we keep the ANZAC legacy alive, and also keep our friends, family and community safe by helping to stop the spread of COVID-19," the Mayor concluded.