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Lord Mayor’s Message 23 April 2020

Lord Mayor’s Message 23 April

Poppies on Memorial Wall in Canberra


This Saturday 25 April is ANZAC Day, and I encourage everyone to take a moment to honour the Australian and New Zealand service personnel who have served, and sacrificed, in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.  

On this national day of commemoration, I would like to pay tribute to our City’s two local service clubs - Parramatta and Epping RSL sub-Branches. Both clubs have a longstanding history of supporting the local community. 

Unfortunately, due to the impacts of COVID-19, we will not be able to gather for services and marches this year. While this means that ANZAC Day 2020 will be different to previous years, it is no less significant. RSL NSW have provided some unique ways people can mark the day and remember those who have served and sacrificed from their own homes. I will be joining many of our City’s residents and other Australians by standing at the end of my driveway at 6am for Light Up The Dawn and listening to a live-streamed service. Other ways people can recognise ANZAC Day this year include watching virtual commemorative services, reaching out to someone who might be alone, or donating to the ANZAC Appeal online.

I also encourage our community to explore the Parramatta Heritage and Visitor Information Centre’s Online ANZAC Day Experience. People can visit the website to learn more about our City’s very own ANZACs, through a range of local stories, feature articles, and historical images. 

To find out more about how you can commemorate ANZAC Day 2020, including access to the Online ANZAC Day Experience, click here. 

Lest We Forget. 

ANZAC Day Dawn Service at Parramatta