A very different ANZAC Day

This year’s ANZAC Day commemorations will be a lot different to the ways we have experienced ANZAC Day in the past.

Each year we have a group of dedicated trekkers who stand at the Isurava Battle Site on the Kokoda Track. Other choose to visit and pay their respects at the number of shrines and cenotaphs that we have proudly available throughout our amazing country and many other battle sites throughout the world. This is often followed by a breakfast at the local RSL or a beer for our boys and girls.

Stan and Butch Bissett (1940)

Just because we cannot come together as groups and just because our world is in a different place at the moment does not mean we cannot remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our way of life.

At On Track Expeditions, many of our guides will being commemorating this day in their own way and here is a few ways you can too;

1. Stand Up at dawn – at 06:00 on Saturday 25th April you can simply choose to stand at the end of your driveway or at your fence gate and take a moment to look around at the amazing country we live in.

2. To keep the spirit of Kokoda alive, the Kokoda Track Foundation (KTF) are hosting an ANZAC Day Tribute featuring some of the Diggers who have attended the Ralph Honner Gala Dinner and previously unreleased footage of Isurava. It will be hosted on their Facebook page from 08:00 on the 25th April. We thought you might like to jump on as part of your ANZAC Day commemorations. The event link is here:https://bit.ly/2UPy6KS

3. The ABC have a variety of options to tune in and follow the way the nation is stopping to remember our fallen brother and sisters. The event link is here: https://www.abc.net.au/radio/melbourne/anzac-day-2020/12133096

As we negotiate our way through social and travel restrictions, it’s a great opportunity to remember what we DO have and the hard work that is being down by our health care workers, governments and communities to keep us safe.

Many Australian Soldiers put themselves in harm’s way for us to live the life we have today and if that means ‘social distancing’ for a few months, then that’s a lot better than heading to war for freedom.

Let’s all take a moment on Saturday to remember them.

Lest We Forget

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