MEDIA RELEASE – SOLDIER ON TO HOST VIRTUAL COMMEMORATIVE SERVICE ON ANZAC DAY

Soldier On invites veterans, their families and the wider community to a unique service to commemorate veterans, past and present, to be held on Anzac Day. The virtual service will be livestreamed on Saturday 25th April on the Soldier On website: www.soldieron.org.au

The Soldier On commemorative service will incorporative traditional readings, the laying of the wreath, a Commemorative Address by His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), ‘The Last Post’ by the Band of the Royal Military College Band, and a new rendition of ‘I was only 19’ by Shannon Noll and his brothers.

This year Australians across the country will be commemorating Anzac Day in new ways – at home and on their driveways. Since traditional public Anzac Day services, events and parades have been cancelled or moved online where possible, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

CEO of Soldier On, Ivan Slavich says Australians can still stand united, whilst maintaining social distancing, this Anzac Day: “Australians are facing new challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Anzac tradition – the ideals of courage, endurance and mateship are still relevant today. We can show our support for veterans and unite, whilst staying home. Our service aims to give people the chance to join together in a different way, by viewing the virtual service to commemorate veterans, past and present, online from home.”

“I’d like to encourage all Australians to show their support for veterans this Anzac Day, in whatever way they can. Whether it’s by standing on the end of their driveway at dawn, tuning in to a radio or television broadcast, viewing the Soldier On commemorative service online, or learning more about the veteran community by reading the personal experiences of WW1 veterans and contemporary service personnel on our ‘In Their Honour’ commemorative page on our website.”

The Soldier On commemorative service offers Australians across the nation the opportunity to connect with the veteran community, whilst staying home to maintain social distancing. The service will be streamed on the Soldier On website from 6am Saturday 25th April, following the broadcast by the ABC of the Australian War Memorial National Service at 5am. The public will be able to view the Soldier On commemorative service on the Soldier On website, as well as from the ‘Driveway at Dawn’ app, developed by the ‘Aussies and Kiwis for Anzacs’ Facebook group. The app will also stream a ‘105 Songs for 105 Years’ concert on Anzac Day afternoon.

As part of Soldier On’s ‘In Their Honour’ campaign, Australians are being invited to read the post-service accounts of our WW1 veterans, as provided by the Australian War Memorial, alongside personal stories from veterans of today who are Ambassadors for Soldier On.   The campaign encourages Australians to show their support for the veteran community by reading about veteran’s experiences online, sharing messages and memories using the hashtag #InTheirHonour and donating to Soldier On to support today’s veterans and their families. The veterans experiences can be read at: www.soldieron.org.au/commemorate/their-stories

More Information

To find out more about Soldier On’s virtual commemorative service on Anzac Day and the ‘In Their Honour’ appeal go to: www.soldieron.org.au/commemorate

About Soldier On

Soldier On enables contemporary veterans and their families to thrive, through a range of veteran support programs. Soldier On is evolving to better support veterans and their families as they face the challenges of COVID-19, with support services and activities moving online or over the phone, where possible. The charity recently launched a digital Connect Hub which enables veterans and their families to access support programs online or via Tele-Health, which includes online psychological group support work, health and wellbeing, employment, education and social connection programs. 

FOR MEDIA ENQUIRES – INCLUDING INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES CONTACT:

Jane Farrell, National Marketing and Communications Director

E: media@soldieron.org.au
P: 0417 372 394 or 0401 580 128

Interview Opportunities

  • Ivan Slavich, CEO of Soldier On.
  • LTGEN Peter Leahy, AC (Ret’d) – Chairman Soldier On.
  • Soldier On veteran Ambassadors.

Soldier On Commemorative Service film footage is available on request.