Anzac Day: Lest we forget

By Charlotte Wooldridge | posted on March 27, 2020

THERE will be no RSLWA-sanctioned or operated Anzac Day commemorations this year, however Albany will still remember in new ways.

RSLWA Chief Executive John McCourt announced the decision on March 16, stressing that the health of WA’s veterans was paramount.

Despite the lack of events in which people can gather and join each other in remembrance, Albany RSL is working to ensure the community is still included in the day.

Albany RSL President Laurie Fraser said not all traditions would have to be put aside because of COVID-19.

“It’s important to remember the sacrifice and what Anzac Day is about, it gives them the opportunity to let the community be involved,” he said.

“Obviously we’re not going to be open to the public so now what we’re doing is trying to get a pre-recorded message out on the radio stations which will include the Ode and the Last Post at 11am on the 25th and we’ll ask people to observe at the time.

“We’ll be flying the flags from the different flag stations around from Friday the 24th, and we’ll have somebody lay a wreath on some of those.”

Flight paths have also been organised for 11am above York Street to coincide with the wreath laying, and flares will be fired from tugboats in the harbour at 6.

“It’s our major function that a lot of work goes into, so we’re just as disappointed as the public are,” Mr Fraser said.

The Albany sub-branch also shut its doors to the public as of Tuesday 4pm.

The community groups that make use of the clubs rooms for meetings will need to find alternative places should they continue to gather.

Any enquiries can be directed to president of Albany RSL Laurie Fraser on 0400 446 954 or via email at clanfraser09@bigpond.com