ANZAC Day 2020
New ways to commemorate ANZAC Day 2020
With the absence of services and marches this year, ANZAC Day 2020 may be a bit different to previous years, but it will be just as significant. On this national day of remembrance, the City of Parramatta encourages the community to pause and pay tribute to the many men and women who have served, and died for, our Country.
RSL NSW has shared five ways you can acknowledge ANZAC Day this year:
1. Respond “Going” to the RSL NSW ANZAC Day 2020 Facebook event. Record yourself reciting The Ode or write a message of support for our veterans, then use the hashtag #ANZACSpirit and share how you’ll be commemorating, and who you’ll be remembering this ANZAC Day.
2. Light up the dawn. At 6am on ANZAC Day, go to the end of your driveway or stand on your balcony and remember those who have sacrificed so much for our Country. You can stream and listen to a short service and sign the pledge to ‘light up the dawn’ at RSL Anzac Spirit.
3. Tune in to live services and virtual commemorative services. The ABC will be broadcasting a 5.30am dawn service from the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. There will also be a 10am service from the ANZAC Memorial in Sydney that will be broadcast on ABC and streamed live.
4. Reach out to a mate who might be alone. Many people are alone during this time of isolation. It’s the perfect time to invoke the ANZAC value of mateship and check to see how a mate is doing.
5. Donate to the ANZAC Appeal online. Donations support Australian veterans in need, and their families. Donations in New South Wales support services provided by RSL DefenceCare and Veteran Sport Australia.
For more information, visit the RSL NSW website.
The Parramatta Lancers: Our City's own regiment
In 2018, Army Reserve Regiment the Royal NSW Lancers celebrated the 125th anniversary of their association with our City.
The Parramatta Lancers’ Heritage-listed barracks, originally a British garrison, were constructed between 1818 and 1820.
The Parramatta Lancers formed the famous Australian 1st Light Horse at the beginning of World War 1, operating at the Gallipoli Campaign and later in Palestine, where they played a vital role in the legendary cavalry charge at the Battle of Beersheba on 31 October 1917, and the subsequent surrender of the Ottoman Empire on 30 October 1918.
Their Royal prefix was awarded in 1935, and in 1959 the Royal NSW Lancers were granted the Freedom of the City of Parramatta, in recognition of their long-standing association with our City.
More information about the history of the Lancers can be found on the City of Parramatta Research Services website.