This Saturday 25th April, we recognise ANZAC Day. ANZAC Day is a day when Australians and New Zealanders give thanks for our free and peaceful countries. On ANZAC Day we remember and honour those who fought and died in all wars. Each year on 25th April, we remember in particular the landing at Gallipoli in 1915 and honour the spirit of the original ANZACS. The spirit of courage, mateship and sacrifice, continues to be important and have meaning for us all.
RSL Queensland are inviting us to 'Light up the Dawn' by standing on our driveway, on our balcony or in our living rooms with a candle/light if possible. This is an opportunity to show our ANZAC spirit and remember all those who are serving and who have served and sacrificed in past wars.
There are a few ways that you are able to join in with 'Light up the Dawn'. The ABC are holding a live broadcast of the National Memorial Service from the Australian War Memorial on ABC radio, TV, iView and online from 5:30am on Saturday 25th April. This will include the Last Post and a minute of silence at approximately 5:55am. The free 'ABC Listen' app connects you to live radio on your mobile phone, so you will be able to listen while you are on your driveway, balcony or living room. At 6.00am, RSL Queensland is holding a short ANZAC service for the occasion via this link: https://rslqld.org/news/latest-news/light-up-the-dawn
Some of you may have seen the beautiful cross that Fr Eric has put outside the Church. A lovely image celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. It is fitting that ANZAC day falls in the Easter season. By His death on the cross, Jesus gave new life. Like Jesus, the soldiers who have fought and died in wars have given their lives to ensure that we can live in a country of freedom and opportunity.
We would like to invite you and your children to make a poppy that could be displayed around this cross. Beneath this cross there will be some boxes that will form rocks. Children at home may like to make a poppy and attach it to a stick or skewer that could be pierced through the boxes surrounding the cross.