Anzac Day is going to be different this year but that doesn't mean there won't be ways for Tasmanians to commemorate the sacrifices made by our soldiers.
Due to social distancing rules and limitations around public gatherings amid the coronavirus crisis, Anzac Day services will be few and far between on Saturday.
However, RSL Tasmania state president Robert Dick said there would still be ample opportunities for people to pay their respects, not least through the grassroots Light Up the Dawn initiative.
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"[RSL Tasmania] is actively promoting Light Up the Dawn, which is advertised on TV and everything and on various websites," Mr Dick said.
"People can stand along their driveways or on their balconies or in their lounge rooms and actually spend a moment, have a minute's silence and ... light a candle in commemoration of all those that have served in the Australian defence forces."
Mr Dick described Light Up the Dawn as a "brilliant idea".
"Whilst at the moment we can't gather like we normally do for a dawn service, this still gives the Australian public an opportunity to show their respect," he said.
Meanwhile, RSL Tasmania will hold a closed commemorative service at 11.30am tomorrow, where Premier Peter Gutwein will give an address and Mr Dick will deliver the Ode of Remembrance. Together, Mr Gutwein and Mr Dick will lay wreaths to honour the fallen.
The service will be live-streamed on the ABC Hobart and ABC Northern Tasmania Facebook pages, and will also be available to listen to via ABC Radio.
Furthermore, the National War Memorial in Canberra will be conducting a shortened service at 5.30am, which will be broadcast live on ABC TV and ABC Radio.
More than 10,500 war veterans and ex-service personnel reside in Tasmania today.
State Veterans' Affairs Minister Guy Barnett said it was important that Tasmanians recognised their sacrifices, even amidst the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Let us remember them," he said.
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