The Queensland Premier announced on Tuesday 23 February that Anzac Day services in Queensland could proceed in 2021.
Pipe Bands Queensland is delighted at the news that our bands will be able to contribute to RSL services in many communities across the state, and we encourage all of our members to be in touch with your local branches to see how you can honour our veterans and their service.
RSL Queensland has issued a statement:
RSL Queensland applauds Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s announcement this morning that ANZAC Day Dawn Services, marches and other commemorations can proceed as normal this year.
ANZAC Day is Australia’s most iconic commemoration, and we are determined that – just as we did last year – COVID-19 will not stand between veterans and the grateful community they have served.
We are working in partnership with the Queensland Government, the ANZAC Day Parade Committee and our District and Sub Branch Network to bring these commemorations to life safely so veterans can be recognised and honoured for their service and sacrifice, and Queenslanders can pay their respects on ANZAC Day.
RSL Queensland has been advised by the Queensland Government that attendance restrictions and additional requirements will be minimised based on the current environment, with more information to come this morning from Queensland Health.
As a supplement to local commemoration activities, we will once again – by popular demand from the community – assist with a Light Up the Dawn marketing campaign for those who wish to show their support for veterans in this way.
In the coming weeks, we will publish a map of services and commemorative activities across the State on our RSL Queensland website as they are confirmed.
RSL Queensland has also confirmed that they will be supporting anyone who chooses to commemorate a Dawn Service on their driveway as part of the Light Up the Dawn initiative.
This page will be updated as more information becomes available.