Queenslanders will be able to pay respects on ANZAC Day16 February 2021
RSL Queensland is working with its vast network of 230 Sub Branches to enable all Queenslanders to pay their respects to the State’s veterans this coming ANZAC Day.
RSL Queensland State President Tony Ferris said that, as the State’s largest ex-service organisation, RSL Queensland understands how critically important it is for veterans to be recognised and honoured for their service and sacrifice, and for Queenslanders to have the opportunity to pay their respects on ANZAC Day.
“ANZAC Day is Australia’s most iconic commemoration,” he said. “We are determined that – just like last year – COVID-19 will not stand between veterans and the grateful community they served.
“While every organisation is required to observe Queensland Health guidelines on social distancing and contact tracing, we are planning two complementary commemorative approaches which will be COVID-safe.
“Firstly, we are working with our network of 230 RSL Sub Branches to establish local community commemorations, where these can be safely conducted.
“Second, by popular community demand, we will once again enable Queenslanders to show their support through the continuation of the Light Up The Dawn personal driveway commemorations at 6am on ANZAC Day.
“This will involve providing the public with a commemorative service they can download or stream from our website on the day, commemorative items they can use on their homes to display their support, and an extensive communication campaign to help them show that the ANZAC Spirit continues to be alive and well in these difficult times,” Mr Ferris continued.
Mr Ferris said he – and all veterans – appreciated the public’s determination to preserve ANZAC Day traditions, including the community’s concern for the health and wellbeing of the State’s veterans, many of whom are elderly and therefore at higher risk from the virus.
“We are taking the necessary time and care with our Sub Branches to carefully plan local commemorative activities which preserve the health of both veterans and the public,” he said.
“In coming weeks we will publish a map of services and commemorative activities across the State on our RSL Queensland website when they are confirmed.”
The ANZAC Day Parade in Brisbane is not – and has never been – organised by RSL Queensland. It is organised by an ANZAC Day Parade Committee comprising representatives of many ex-service organisations. The ANZAC Day Parade Committee will make its own announcements about what it is planning in Brisbane in 2021. As a guest participant, RSL Queensland and our members, like the community, are awaiting the ANZAC Day Parade Committee’s decision on what format this will take in 2021 in adherence to Queensland Health guidelines.