We may not have been able to head along to our beloved Anzac Day services due to coronavirus restrictions this year, but that didn’t stop Gold Coasters from remembering all those who have served and sacrificed.
Residents across the city joined thousands of people from across the country in “Lighting Up The Dawn”, an initiative introduced by the Returned and Services League this year to honour our servicemen and women, both past and present.
There were heartwarming scenes on the Gold Coast at 6.00am as the Last Post rang out across streets and residents lined their driveways for a minute of silence with candles and torches in hand.
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The Light Up The Dawn initiative, which will be sure to go down in history, was created following the cancellation of dawn services across the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has so far claimed the lives of 78 people in Australia.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, the Governor, the Lord Mayor and the RSL Queensland President held a very small service in Brisbane at 4.28am this morning, where they paid their respects to the fallen on behalf of all Queenslanders.
After laying a wreath, the Premier joined other Queenslanders at home at 6am to Light Up the Dawn.
The Premier said she was deeply moved by the outpouring of support for this year’s Anzac Day.
“We’ve never seen an Anzac Day like this,” the Premier said.
“Today we’ve shown that the spirit of the ANZACs lives on in every one of us and while we couldn’t take part in the traditional way, what’s important is honouring and remembering them, their sacrifices and service, even from home.
“And you never know, we may have just started a new tradition.”
A pared-back service, which was approved by the Chief Medical Officer, was also held at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra with a small amount of attendees, including Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his wife Jenny.
Below are a few photos supplied to myGC of Gold Coasters Lighting Up The Dawn this morning… Lest We Forget.
PHOTO: Supplied – Coolangatta