Anzac Day

I know that you’re seeing this now, but I wrote this early and then I remembered what we are doing…or what we can do…differently this year. 

Look up #lightupthedawn hashtag.

Since the ANZACs cannot march this year, and we cannot stand in the crowds. Instead, we’ve been asked to light a candle, stand at the end of our drive ways. Then have the silent minute. 

Anzac Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders “who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations” and “the contribution and suffering of all those who have served”. Observed on 25 April each year, Anzac Day was originally devised to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who served in the Gallipoli Campaign, their first engagement in the First World War (1914–1918).

Anzac Day 2020 falls on a Saturday, which means for most Australians, there will be no public holiday this year. On Monday, April 27, people in NSW, NT, Queensland, SA, Tasmania and Victoria will need to head into the office (or living room, if they’re working from home), but workers in the ACT and Western Australia get a public holiday.

Next year, when Anzac Day falls on a Sunday, people in QLD, SA and NT will get a public holiday on Monday, April 26 and it will only be workers in NSW and Victoria dragging themselves into the office.

The ACT is the only state in Australia, that gets a public holiday every year for Anzac Day. As the ACT is the Capital city of Australia. Every single major War Memorial is there. Western Australian is the only other Australian state, since 1972 to have ANZAC Day as a public holiday. I actually think all states and terrorities should have a public holiday.

Anzac Day