Mayor's Community Update

Date23 April 2020

As we approach ANZAC Day, I hope that you and your family are continuing to stay safe and stay well. 

25 April is usually a time where we come together as a community and stand side-by-side each other, as we pay our respects to the men and women who have fought courageously for our country. However, due to COVID-19, this year will be the first time since World War Two that we aren’t able to gather for public ANZAC Day commemorations. 

A statue of a digger at the Rockingham War Memorial, located at the Village Green.

I know many of us view ANZAC Day as an important part of being Australian. While we might not be able to pay tribute together this year, we can still remember those who have served by supporting RSLWA’s driveway dawn service campaign.

At 6am on 25 April, RSLWA is encouraging families to light a candle and gather in quiet contemplation at the end of their driveways or on their balconies. A number of local radio stations will be broadcasting memorial services, and you’ll be able to tune into ABC Radio, 882 6PR, 96FM and 6IX to hear The Ode, The Last Post and to join in the one-minute silence.

Here in the City of Rockingham we have very close ties to defence, particularly the Royal Australian Navy and its presence at HMAS Stirling. I’m sure many of our local defence force members, both past and present, would be delighted to see the Rockingham community come together on our driveways. 

While there won’t be any public ANZAC Day events on 25 April, people still have the opportunity to visit memorials. I will be laying a wreath at both the Rockingham War Memorial at the Village Green and at Veterans Memorial Park in Port Kennedy. Please remember to follow the Australian Government and State Government’s social distancing rules if you do visit one of the memorials.  

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

Lest we forget. 

Barry Sammels
City of Rockingham Mayor

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