Anzac Day 2020 Blog: How Peel is commemorating

On the battlefields of Pozières, France in 1916, a mortally wounded soldier turned to journalist Charles Bean and used his dying breath to ask, "Will they remember me in Australia?"

For the last 105 years Australians have gathered in the streets of towns and cities on ANZAC Day to answer this question in the most public of ways. We will always remember them.

But 2020 will be different.

Check out how the Peel region is commemorating Anzac Day this year.

If you're setting the alarm clock this Anzac Day, we want to hear who you'll be standing for: editor@mandurahmail.com.au

Each year, 80-year-old, Trish (Pat) Briggs writes an ANZAC poem that Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke recites at an Anzac Day ceremony.

With this years Anzac Day events cancelled, Trish has come up with a poem for neighbourhoods to recite whilst standing out in their driveways.

Mandurah RSL sub-branch representative Brien Bush said Anzac Day was a time to reflect on those fallen in his letter to the editor.

One special Erskine teenager has been busy preparing to host a make-shift dawn service of her own on Saturday.

Lara Cooper has invited her neighbours in Osprey Waters to remember together, while also practicing social distancing.

The 13-year-old will be reading poems and hymns, raising the flag, conducting a minute of silence and playing The Last Post through a speaker.

We can't physically be together this Anzac Day, but we can share our stories of remembrance to help bring us a little closer on this most important of national days.

Check out who Peel residents are standing for this year.

The Mandurah RSL has ensured the Anzac spirit wasn't lost at Peel Health Campus this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Members of the Mandurah branch visited the hospital to deliver 1000 poppies and a nurse teddy bear to display over the Anzac Day long weekend.

A Western Australian woman has devised a creative way for families to give thanks from the safety of their own homes this Anzac Day.

Participants can create their own poppy - or multiple 'blooms' from items found around the home, which can then be displayed on fences, mailboxes, or balconies.

The Mandurah RSL is also open to the public from April 20 till April 24 between 9am and 12pm for anyone who wishes to collect poppies to display at their homes.

Social media trends are emerging online inspiring people to make their own poppies and display them on fences, mailboxes or balconies - all from the safety of their own home.

Mandurah families have jumped on board, sharing their creations to show their respects this Anzac Day.

Memorable.

This is the word Mandurah RSL sub-branch president Dave Mabbs used to describe this year's Anzac commemorations as national rituals of marches, services and publicly shared respect are suspended.

Peel residents are being asked to unite at the end of their driveways at 6am to pause and remember the Anzacs who fought for their countries at a touching dawn service with a difference.

Mr McQuade will host a driveway dawn service of his own on Saturday, displaying a banner from the second 16th Battalion Association he is a member of.

Despite this year's commemorations being somewhat unique, Murray War Memorials are standing tall, especially the Pinjarra and Coolup Memorials following recent refurbishment and relocation works.

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.