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Canberrans can observe their own dawn service at home in their living room or by standing at the end of their driveway from 5.30am on Anzac Day, while tuning into the dawn service via ABC.

24 April 2020

Anzac Day is a special day for Canberrans, with an estimated 26,000 veterans living in the ACT, and a strong military presence living in the community.

While this year will look very different to previous dawn services, you can still honour veterans and current serving members from your home.

The ACT Government is encouraging Canberrans to observe their own dawn service at home in their living room or by standing at the end of their driveway from 5.30am on Anzac Day, while tuning into the dawn service via ABC.

Officials will be laying wreaths at significant sites across Canberra on behalf of the public, including at the Turkish Pine Forest at the National Arboretum, St Johns Church, Reid and the Peace Memorial near the Legislative Assembly.

You can also either lay a wreath or leave a poppy at sites of significance across Canberra, while keeping in line with physical distancing requirements, this means only with your household or in groups of two and keeping a distance of 1.5 metres away from other people.

There are many ways you can commemorate the day and keep the Anzac traditions alive with children through an online Story Time with Libraries ACT, downloading the colouring-in page from the Community Services Directorate website, or visiting the Australian War Memorial website for a list of activities.

Transport Canberra bus and light rail services will run to a Sunday timetable from Saturday 25 to Monday 27 April 2020.

You can watch the national commemorative service live from the Australian War Memorial on ABC TV and iView from 5am on Saturday 25 April.

All Canberra

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