April 25, 2020 06:57:29
The national Anzac Day ceremony has been watched by thousands this morning broadcast from the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, as people stay home amid coronavirus restrictions.
The National Commemorative Dawn service was attended by a handful of leaders and veterans.
In his address, Prime Minister Scott Morrison acknowledged changes to the service this year caused by COVID-19.
But he said this was not the first time Anzac Day traditions had been interrupted and though quieter than usual, the service was no less meaningful.
“Our remembrances today small, quiet and homely will be,” he said.
“On Anzac Day 1919, the first after the Great War, there were no city marches or parades for returning veterans because we were battling the Spanish Flu pandemic. Though our streets were empty, the returning veterans were not forgotten.”
RSLs around the country have asked Australians to take a moment to mark their respects from home.
People around the country stood outside their homes to observe a minute’s silence and honour those who have served.
More to come