How to mark ANZAC Day at home this year

Monday, 20 April 2020

There are many ways to mark ANZAC Day this Saturday 25 April.

While we can’t physically attend services and gather with others, we can still show our respect from home.

The City of Greater Geelong has 88 commemorative banners currently installed across the region and will lower flags and turn the catenary lights red on the day.

Local RSL branches have made private arrangements for ANZAC Day and ask the public to follow current social distancing and mass gathering restrictions and stay home.

Here’s how you can participate in ANZAC Day this year:

Tune in

The ABC will broadcast the National Memorial Service from the Australian War Memorial live on ABCTV, radio, iview and online from 5.30am.

At about 6am, The Last Post will be followed by a minute of silence.

There will also be a two-minute reflection - including The Ode, The Last Post and a minute of silence – on ABCTV, radio, iview and online at 11.30am.

Visit the ABC website for more information.

Driveway service


At 6am, residents might like to join the RSL’s Light Up the Dawn driveway service by walking outside, standing in the front yard or on the balcony and observing a minute of silence – while following the latest physical distancing advice.

For more information, including how to donate to the RSL's ANZAC Appeal, visit the RSL Victoria website.

Share your experience

Show how you have marked the day by using RSL Victoria’s hashtag #STANDTO and #AnzacDay2020 on social media.


You can also get involved in RSL Australia’s #ANZACSpirit social media campaign by recording yourself or a family member reading the Ode of Remembrance or sharing a message of support for veterans.

Remember to use the hashtag when posting.

Involve the kids

Bake ANZAC biscuits, craft a poppy, make a wreath or read poetry.

The Department of Veterans' Affairs has a list of ways to commemorate the day at home.

Explore the City's heritage

A new online collection celebrating the City of Greater Geelong's history is now live.

The virtual Our Heritage, Our Collection exhibition features 50 items selected from the themes: war, wool and work.

The objects have been handpicked from the City’s expansive heritage collection, and aligns with ANZAC Day commemorations this year.

Of the 50 featured items, 11 have wartime connections - including military pins, personal stories, audio recordings, memorials and monuments.

Visit the Our Heritage Our Collection website.

Discover our history

Learn more about Australia’s veteran history, take virtual tours and listen to stories from our servicemen and servicewomen.

Visit the Australian War Memorial and Department of Veterans' Affairs Anzac Portal.

Geelong Library & Heritage Centre

The Great Ocean Road is the world’s largest WWI memorial and was constructed by returned WWI servicemen. Visit the Geelong Heritage Centre's archives website to browse historic images of the Great Ocean Road from the time it was built and opened.

Temporary remote access to Ancestry Library Edition is also currently available to Geelong Regional Libraries members. Click the 'Ancestry' link on the eCollections page and have your library barcode and PIN ready.

You can become a library member for free, here.

Page last updated: Friday, 24 April 2020