ANZAC Day in a time of isolation

Margot and Gary McKay are hoping the community will take the Light Up the Dawn campaign to their hearts.

Locals are being encouraged to get behind the RSL’s campaign to Light Up the Dawn this ANZAC Day, while practising isolation.

“We normally get thousands of people to the Dawn Service at the Kiama Lighthouse,” says Vice-President of the Kiama-Jamberoo RSL Sub-Branch, Gary McKay.

“This is a way for people to continue this tradition at a time when we can’t gather in large groups.

“Lining the streets with your neighbours is going to be a very touching way to commemorate the fallen.”

At 6am on ANZAC Day, the idea is to go to the end of your driveway or stand on your balcony and listen to a brief commemorative service online, or on the radio, or conduct your own service (format provided on page 12).

“People can easily download the Last Post and Rouse to their phones, as it would-n’t be the same without those bugle calls,” says Gary, a Vietnam Vet.

The ABC will be broadcasting the 5.30am service from the Australian War Memorial. There will also be a 10am service from the Anzac Memorial in Sydney that will be broadcast on ABC and streamed live.

Without the usual opportunity to pass the bucket around, people are being encouraged to donate to the ANZAC Appeal online at

Gerringong singer-songwriter Kevin Sullivan is also donating the proceeds of his newly released song, Pilgrimage, to the RSL.

This song is partly inspired by his pilgrimage to Gallipoli for the Centenary, and is available via online services.

The local Sub-Branches will be ensuring wreaths are placed at memorials throughout the district, including poppies on each of the plaques on the Gordon Grellman Wall of Remembrance adjacent to the Memorial Arch.

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