People are being urged to pay tribute to veterans on Anzac Day by joining in a dawn commemoration with a twist.
For the first time in history, Anzac Day services across New Zealand have been cancelled; falling foul of the threat of Covid-19.
Marlborough RSA is calling for people to still mark the moment on 25 April by standing at letterboxes, front doors, and driveways in tribute.
With the backing of the national RSA and NZ Defence Force, the Stand at Dawn initiative is a chance for the community to honour those that fought.
Marlborough RSA President Chris Bamber whole-heartedly supports the call.
“I know many of our veterans were upset that they could not stand with their comrades, friends and family to commemorate Anzac Day.
“I will be standing proudly at the end of my driveway, remembering our fallen, our veterans and our serving Defence Force personnel while also thinking of my family members who have passed that I can no longer stand beside in support on Anzac Day,” she says.
Marlborough RSA has been on hand throughout lockdown to offer help to members when needed.
Chris says she has been encouraged by the level of community support evident.
“Once again it shows how we all come together when needed in adverse situations.
“While our welfare team are assisting some members, on the whole most members have good support in place.
“I am encouraged by the level of support given to our vulnerable members by their neighbours, friends and families making sure they have groceries, prescriptions, social contact etc. ensuring they stay safe in their homes.”
Veterans are encouraged to wear their medals as they normally would.
Tune into Radio New Zealand on either their AM or FM frequencies, listen live on the internet or on your phone for the official dawn service broadcast commencing at 6:00 am.
The morning service includes:
– The Last Post
– Ode of Remembrance in Te Reo & English
– National Anthems
– Address by Hon. Ron Mark, Minister of Defence / Minister for Veterans