Saturday, 25 April will mark ANZAC Day 2020.
A significant day where we pause and reflect on the service and sacrifice of all those who have served and are currently serving, marked with by the dawn service and Last Post.
ANZAC Day 2020 will not look like the ANZAC Day that so many of us are used to participating in, particularly for the MLC Drumline who traditionally march in the annual ANZAC Day Parade to the Shrine of Remembrance.
Whilst it is a shame we cannot commemorate the service and sacrifice of all those who have served in the usual way, we would like the MLC Community to join in a moment of personal reflection at 6am after the Ode and Last Post.
Please join us as we #STANDTO and #lightupthedawn.
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As the Last Post is played during the ANZAC Day Dawn Service, you are encouraged to light up a candle (or a virtual candle!), walk outside, stand in your yard, driveway, or on your balcony and observe a minute of silence in respect of our veterans.
Here, we can gather at a safe distance as a community.
Services will be streamed, aired and broadcasted across radio, television, digital and social media LIVE: broadcasting from the Australian War Memorial in Canberra from 5.30am AEST, followed by a service from the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne at 6.10am.
Click here for a link to the ABC Website and the Shrine of Remembrance Facebook Page
What does 'ANZAC' stand for?
'ANZAC' stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps.
Why is it called #STANDTO?
Short for 'Stand-to-Arms', it was observed in both the morning and evening by in the trenches on the Western Front and standing at the trench fire step, where they would ready themselves for battle which would often occur an hour before dawn or dusk.
What is the Last Post?
A bugle call which is sounded at the end of the day and at military funerals to signify that the soldier has gone to his final rest. Therefore it is played at commemorative services such as Anzac Day and Remembrance Day, to honour the fallen.
What is the significance of the one minute silence?
Silence is observed to honour the sacrifice of those who have died during world wars / conflict.
What is the Ode?
The recited Ode, is the fourth stanza of the poem ‘For the Fallen’ penned by Laurence Binyon in the early days of World War One.
"They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them."
Lest we forget.
#STANDTO #lightupthedawn #AnzacDay2020
Muso’s called to arms to join Anzac driveway service with #MusicforMateship.
Alongside the #STANDTO movement above, at 6am musicians are also being called upon to play the Last Post and Rouse in the 2020 ANAC Day service.
What started as a grassroots campaign has gathered momentum across the country and we would encourage you to join in! Australian Brass legend, James Morrison urges all students and musicians to join in.
‘We may not be able to stand together as we usually would, but we can still stand united in spirit.' – Mr. Morrison.
If you would like to participate, you can download the sheet music at musicformateship.org/music.
‘We may be mandated to have isolation, but we can still bring our community together, one street at a time by playing the last post, observing a minute’s silence and playing rouse’
- Alastair Tomkins, Qld music teacher, multi-instrumentalist and performer.
MLC's Drumline traditionally perform in the annual ANZAC Day Parade