Dear ESORT members,
The Australian Government has today made the difficult decision to cancel all Australian-led overseas Anzac Day services this year. The Minister’s media release can be found online.
Australia is well-prepared in its response to Coronavirus and has focused on measures to slow its spread, ensuring the health and wellbeing of Australians as the highest priority. The decision to cancel these services was made in close consultation with health authorities and with host nations, taking into account advice regarding visitors and large gatherings, the welfare of staff and contractors as well as the welfare of Australians and other visitors travelling overseas.
We are now contacting all registered attendees for these services to ensure they are aware of the Government’s decision. Our website and social media will also be updated.
Anzac Day is an important day in our national calendar to honour the more than 102,000 Australians who have died in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. While many of the domestic services are not open to the public, we will be exploring opportunities to ensure all Australians can pay their respects and reflect on the service and sacrifice of our veterans.
The AWM is planning to nationally broadcast a private Anzac Day commemorative service on 25 April at 5.30am, to support individual reflection on this important day. This service will not be open to the public. We will continue to work closely with you and our state and territory colleagues to explore how we can best commemorate Anzac Day in a meaningful way in your local communities. We will continue to keep you updated on these arrangements in our weekly telephone calls.
|Liz Cosson AM CSC
Department of Veterans’ Affairs
For what they have done, this we will do.