As a result of the ongoing effects of COVID-19 restrictions, we see yet another national tradition forced to take on a different form in 2020. Since Melbourne’s public gatherings are currently restricted to a maximum of 10 people, Remembrance Day will not expect thousands of people gather at the Shrine of Remembrance or the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, ACT, as we would have in previous years.
Despite not being able to commemorate Remembrance Day in person, we can still come together virtually at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, to observe a minute’s silence to remember the men and women who sacrificed their life or health during all wars, conflicts and peace operations.
Remembrance Day National Ceremony
The Shrine of Remembrance and the Australian War Memorial will each host a Remembrance Day service online on the 11th of November via live stream.
The Australian War Memorial’s Remembrance Day service will be broadcasted live across Australia on ABC, which will also be available on ABC iview for later viewing. For more information on this online event and other ceremonies at the Australian War Memorial such as the Last Post Ceremony, which tells a story each day of one of the fallen servicemen or women listed on the Roll of Honour, visit: https://www.awm.gov.au/commemoration/remembrance-day.
The Shrine of Remembrance will also be honouring a minute of silence on November 11 at 11am, as they do each year. Although this year, the Shrine’s Remembrance Day service will be live streamed from 10:45am on the Shrine of Remembrance’s Facebook and YouTube channels. More information on the service and other activities such as creating your very own Remembrance Day messenger bird, can be found on their website: https://www.shrine.org.au/remembrance-day-2020. For a direct link to the Shrine of Remembrance’s virtual Remembrance Day event on Facebook, visit: https://fb.me/e/3oI1loGWN.
Legacy Remembrance Service
Every year, our widows come together for our annual pilgrimage to the Shrine to remember their loved ones who sacrificed their life or health in service for their country. Since this cannot be arranged this year, the Shrine are inviting you to join this commemorative service online on Sunday the 8th of November at 11am, where the Shrine will be hosting a Legacy Remembrance service to honour the service of our Australian defence force personnel and their families. This service will be streamed via Facebook and YouTube. More information can be found on their website: https://www.shrine.org.au/legacy-remembrance-service
Our Widows at the 2019 pilgrimage to the Shrine of Remembrance. We can’t wait to see you all again.