For what they have done, this we will do — a simple reason why all Australians must ensure the legacy of commemoration continues this Anzac Day.

Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, is encouraging residents across the Nicholls electorate to commemorate Anzac Day this Sunday in a safe, respectful, and meaningful way.

“Anzac Day is a very sacred day of commemoration on the Australian calendar and a time for us to remember the service and sacrifice of all Australian service personnel who have served our nation for more than a century,” Mr Drum said.

“Nicholls has a proud history of military service and Anzac Day is an opportunity for us to pay our respects and show our gratitude for the service and sacrifice of all those who have served and provided us with the freedoms we enjoy today.”

Last year, with the challenges of COVID-19, Australians found new and creative ways to honour those who serve and have served. These included driveway vigils at dawn, private floral tributes, and contacting current and former defence personnel to check in and thank them for their service.

“This year, I encourage everyone to attend a local service if possible and show your respect for those who have served, subject to local health advice,” Mr Drum said.

“Personally, I will attend the Murchison dawn service, followed by ceremonies in Mooroopna and Shepparton.

“At its heart, Anzac Day is a time for personal reflection, and there are a number of ways you can commemorate.

“However you choose to commemorate the day, please do so in a respectful and safe way, ensuring our veterans, current ADF members, their families and the thousands of descendants of our veterans know that we value the contribution of those who have served our country.”

While the coronavirus pandemic is still affecting how we do things, there are many ways people can mark Anzac Day, including:

  • Attending a local community dawn or commemorative service (pending the latest health advice).
  • Tuning in to the ABC to watch the dawn service and national ceremony live from the Australian War Memorial.
  • Leaving a poppy and personalised Anzac Day message on the Virtual Poppy Wall at alongside thousands of other Australians.
  • Taking part in the RSL’s Light up the Dawn campaign, which may include standing at the end of your driveway at dawn.
  • Exploring the Australian War Memorial’s Anzac At Home content online for videos, activities and recipes at
  • Taking a photo of the local war memorial or honour board and uploading it to Places of Pride at to help build the national register of Australian war memorials.
  • Taking part in their own private commemorations in a respectful, solemn, and dignified way.

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs has also released a digital kitbag, which has a range of practical resources to help people mark Anzac Day.

“The kitbag is free and includes posters, sample speeches, orders of service, supporting music, crafts cards on how to make Anzac biscuits, poppies or a wreath, plus a range of supporting social media material,” Mr Drum said.

“With many options available to commemorate this Anzac Day, as a nation we can all proudly carry on the legacy of acknowledging service and sacrifice on Anzac Day in 2021.”


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