2020 saw Victorians participate in an ANZAC Day like no other in living memory.
Due to the necessary restrictions on large gatherings of people in response to COVID-19, ANZAC Day this year was marked in a very different way.
As there was no Dawn Service or ceremonies at the Shrine of Remembrance this year, the Governor laid a wreath at dawn, as she does every year, in a simple ceremony involving just one Shrine Guard. This wreath-laying ceremony and the Governor’s pre-recorded speech formed part of a thirty minute Victorian ANZAC Day broadcast, which was broadcast nationwide on RSL Victoria’s Facebook page and website, as well through some television stations.
As members of the public were not able to attend the Shrine or local memorials, many Victorians instead participated in RSL Victoria’s #standto initiative in their driveway or balcony at dawn with a candle or a light to observe the traditional minute of silence. It was a poignant and fitting way to mark this important and solemn day on our national calendar, during these unusual times. The Governor’s husband, Mr Anthony Howard AM QC, participated in the Stand To, at the gates of Government House Victoria, while the Governor was laying the wreath at the Shrine.
A copy of the Governor’s speech can be found here.