Unique ANZAC tribute: Mandurah RSL urges community to take part in home services

The community can still honour the Anzacs through radio services and resources provided by the Mandurah RSL.
The community can still honour the Anzacs through radio services and resources provided by the Mandurah RSL.

Anzac Day 2020 will be unlike any other. For the first time in a century the streets will be empty; there will be no suburban dawn services or mid-morning marches.

Instead Peel residents are asked to unite and recognise past and current armed services personnel by standing in their driveways or living rooms at 6am for a dawn service with a difference.

Mandurah RSL member and Pipe Major Len Perry said he would still be playing the Last Post from his driveway.

"Thirty-five years ago I was proudly presented with a banner to fly from the Pipe Major's pipes each Anzac Day.

"We would like everyone to know that it will again be flying this year as I play a distant tune for you all."

The Mandurah RSL sub-branch is also using technology to bring the local community together.

Mandurah RSL sub-branch president Dave Mabbs will be part of a live dawn service broadcast on local radio station, Coastlive (97.3) at 6am.

Mandurah residents are asked to abide by social distancing rules if they plan on visiting memorials on Anzac Day.

Mandurah residents are asked to abide by social distancing rules if they plan on visiting memorials on Anzac Day.

Any persons attending the Mandurah War Memorial privately during the day must obey the COVID-19 protocols and take into consideration whether their visit is essential.

"You can still remember those fallen Anzacs by laying a wreath at the war memorial," a Mandurah RSL spokesperson said.

"We are just asking for people to abide by social distancing rules whilst they are there."

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The Australian War Memorial Anzac day service is scheduled to proceed and will be broadcast on the ABC from 3.30am AWST.

The service will involve a revised ceremony with no veterans' march and no members of the public present.

At 11:30am local time, a two-minute reflection video will be live-streamed across all ABC local radio facebook pages and on the ABC news facebook page.

For more information on the #ANZACspirit campaign visit: RSLWA