Queenslanders are being encouraged to come together for Anzac Day this Saturday, but in a bit of a different way.
This Saturday, at 6.00am, Queenslanders are being told to stand in their driveway, for a minute of silence for those who’ve served.
The state government will also be streaming a dawn service, where a small group of people – including the Premier, the Lord Mayor, the Governor General and the Chairman of the RSL will be laying wreaths.
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Viewers will be able to re-watch that service throughout the day.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has thanked the Chief Health Officer for allowing the small gathering.
“It will be on behalf of the people of Queensland.
“We will be laying a wreath individually, there will be the national anthems, and there will be a pool camera, and the Last Post.
“I hope everyone is understanding, but we did want to make sure there was a commemorative process for Anzac Day, a very small but symbolic gesture that the people of Queensland are recognising the fallen.
“I want to thank the RSL and I want to thank Dr Young for giving the exemption for people to attend this,” the Premier said.
Chairman of the RSL Tony Ferris has further called on Queenslanders to come out the front of their homes at 6.00am, in what he’s described will be a ‘hair on the back of your neck’ moment.
“I would just like to encourage Queenslanders this Anzac day the 25th of April to step out onto their driveway, their verandas, or their porches, at 6.00am in the morning and commemorate those who’ve gone and served this country, those who are currently serving this country, and those that have come home with their injuries and are still suffering with those injuries.
“This’ll be a very different year for us this year, but I see it as being a very symbolic year, because I think this will encapsulate every Australian, and get every Australian involved in an Anzac Day Dawn Service, something we probably haven’t seen for a very long time.
“It’s my belief that we need to do this, step out, socially isolate and remember those Anzacs.
“For me, this is hair on the back of your neck stuff. This is the dream I think, where everyone will turn around and be involved.
“To look out your driveway at 6.00am in the morning and see people lining the streets, still in social isolation but remembering those that have gone and served this country… it’s going to be something that I don’t think we’ll see for a long time to come,” Mr Ferris said.
This Anzac Day will be unlike any other.
It’s a day steeped in tradition and history, and it’s important we still commemorate it.
Even though we can’t share the same space, every Queenslander can share the Anzac experience. pic.twitter.com/sdHVnVDjls
— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) April 20, 2020