Light up the Dawn

How will you light up the dawn this year? The choice is yours – commemorate at a traditional Dawn Service at your local memorial, honour veterans from home at 6am, or watch the live coverage of the Martin Place Dawn Service on the ABC.

Light Up the Dawn’ was an idea which originated within the Australian community and was supported and promoted across Australia in a year of great challenge and change. As the sun peeked above the horizon, the country stood united – in uniforms or pyjamas, wearing medals, poppies and sprigs of rosemary – to let Australia’s veterans know that their service and sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Based on the tremendous community response to this initiative, the RSL will again encourage Australians to consider this one way that they can commemorate and has produced supporter packs to get everyone involved and promote donations to the ANZAC Appeal. All NSW-based donations will support veteran services delivered by our partner charity, RSL DefenceCare.

This initiative does not replace traditional commemorations. The health and safety of our veterans and community members will remain our foremost concern and the guidelines to exemptions to the Public Health Order will inform all ANZAC Day face-to-face commemoration planning as 25 April draws closer. If you can’t find what’s happening your community on the RSL NSW website here, please contact your sub-Branch.

To find out more about how you can ‘Light up the Dawn’ on 25 April, please visit this website.