IN PHOTOS: Heartwarming scenes as Gold Coasters ‘Light up the Dawn’ to honour Anzacs

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.


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

PHOTO: Supplied – Coolangatta

PHOTO: Supplied by Judith Narelle Dean | The Marriott Surfers Paradise

PHOTO: Supplied by the Tiedeman Family in Robina.

PHOTO: Supplied | Acanthus Avenue – Burleigh Heads

PHOTO: Supplied | Acanthus Avenue – Burleigh Heads

PHOTO: Supplied | Acanthus Avenue – Burleigh Heads

PHOTO: Supplied | Acanthus Avenue – Burleigh Heads

PHOTO: Supplied | Acanthus Avenue – Burleigh Heads

PHOTO: Supplied | Acanthus Avenue – Burleigh Heads

PHOTO: Supplied | Broadbeach

PHOTO: Supplied | Coolangatta

PHOTO: Supplied | Coolangatta

Photo: Alexander, Benowa

Photo: Joanne Cronk

Kai, Chelsea, Connor, Riley and Noah, Pacific Pines. (Happy Birthday Noah!)

Photo: Claire &; Mohamed, Broadbeach

Photo: Patricia, Biggera Waters

Photo: Tony & Lee Steele, Gilston

Photo: Mandy Byrne

Photo: Natalia, Southport


Photo: Jemma & Robyn, Mermaid Waters

Photo: Warren and Ilona, Labrador

Photo: Emmy, Benowa

Photo: Evie & Jack, Mudgeeraba

Photo: Jaimee, Highland Park

Photo: Barry & Sharon Lock, Robina

Photo: Jo, Burleigh Heads

Photo: Mark, Coomera

Photo: Kerrie Walsh, Burleigh Waters

Photo: Michelle, Neil, Cameron and Benjamin Broadbeach Waters

Photo: Roxanne, Pimpama

Photo: The Swain Family, Coomera

Photo: The Swain Family, Coomera

Photo: Aimee, Nerang

Photo: Alana Brown

Photo: Angela, Coomera

Photo: Annemieke, Pacific Pines

Photo: Annemieke, Pacific Pines

Photo: Ashleigh, Pimpama

Photo: Blair, Helensvale

Photo: Bray Family, Oxenford

Photo: Brooke, Lincoln, Logan & Lleyton – Southport

Photo: Carla Watts

Photo: Chris McLaren, Mt Warren Park

Photo, Claire, Parkwood

Photo: Cynthia Thorpe

Photo: Darren, Amanda, Rhylee & Tanner. Parkwood

Photo: Ethan & James, Helensvale

Photo: Tallebudgera local Bruce

Photo: Jane Witheren


Photo: Josh & Zoe, Arundel

Photo: Justine Keep Bonvingdon

Photo: Karen Patrick

Photo: Katie Mansall

Photo: Katie Mansall

Photo: Kaylee, Yarabilba

Photo: Kaylee, Yarabilba

Photo: Kelly Durham, Mermaid Waters

Photo: Kym, Southport

Photo: Krystal, Helensvale

Photo: Kylie, Cooper & Charlotte, Parkwood

Photo: Lachlan and Hayden – Helensvale Scout Group. Maudsland

Photo: Laylani & Kainoa, Burleigh Waters

Photo: Lilijana, Carrara

Photo: Lynsey, Upper Coomera

Photo: Nardine Smith

Photo,Nirvana, Helensvale

Photo: Norm, Robina

Photo: Paula Biggera Waters

Photo: Phoebe & Samual Blanc

Photo: Pomeroy Family, Upper Coomera

Photo: Rusling Family, Helensvale

Photo: Savannah, Highlad Park

Photo: Wally Davies, Hollywell

Photo: Sullivans, Labrador

Photo: Skye, Coomera

Photo: Lauren,Coombabah

Photo: Stan, Benowa Waters

Photo: Kristy Mehrtens

Photo: Emmie Mermaid Beach

Photo: Kylie Marks, Advancetown

Photo: Nelarda, Nerang

Photo: Radford Family

PHOTO: Supplied

Photo: Malaika & Sunka, Ormeau

Photo: The Duftys, Pimpama

Photo: Susan, Coomera Waters

Photo: Jago, Koby and Erika. Willow Vale

Photo: Amanda Hartwig, Coomera,

Photo: Ess, Burleigh Waters

Photo: Lachlan & Jessica, Maudsland

Photo: Bruce Lee, Nerang

Photo: Rebecca

PHOTO: Sarah, Mermaid Beach.

Photo: Karen Patrick

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Thank you for compiling these wonderful images. Today’s Anzac service was different, but my goodness, didn’t the community really come together.

A wonderful tribute.