For the first time in just over a hundred years the Dandenong Cranbourne RSL Sub-branch will not be allowed to conduct the normal ANZAC Day march and ceremony. These are indeed unusual times.We are unable even to provide in-person services for schools and aged-care facilities – though we are preparing a brief digital ceremony that will be accessible on our website at no cost.
A suggestion has been made in many places that at 6.00am – the Dawn Service – and/or 11.00am – the main Service – people might like to stand on their driveways and observe a moment’s silence in memory of those who fell, and those who lost so much in so many ways. I strongly endorse this idea and I will be out there.
We need to remember who we are. We need to remember our past, and those who built this lucky country for us, and we need to look at our future, carrying their values forward in a modern Australia, courageous in the face of danger and determined always to make this an ever better nation.
There will be no ANZAC Appeal this year and our welfare program will be very hard to fund without it, but we will find a way.
Please observe the day as best you can. It has been a crucial reminder of who we are, since 1919. It is a reminder that we can take care of each other. It also a reminder that we can tough it out if we have to, and as we have done many times before. Take some strength from that.
Stay safe. Hopefully we will all be back together again, and soon.
Dandenong RSL Sub-branch Inc.