The Coronavirus has changed our lives and the way we go about our daily activities and this year’s Anzac Day is no exception and will be celebrated very differently.

While we are unable to gather together as one, our respect and admiration for those who have served and are currently serving our country in various conflicts and peacekeeping operations, remain the same.

Although more than a hundred years have passed, the events of the First World War, and particularly the Anzac efforts, have helped forge the Australian identity and define our national character.

The Anzac spirit shows how Australians act in adversity and how we support one another as a nation.

On Anzac Day we commemorate the original Anzacs who served our country and honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our nation.

The extraordinary courage and bravery displayed by our service men and women is deeply inspiring and their story is one which will always be part of our Australian story, and part of who we are.

We honour their service and reflect on the sacrifices they have made on our behalf and that of our nation.

Freedom comes with an exacting price and we should never forget the sacrifices made to ensure our welfare.

During these unprecedented times, we should draw on the Anzac spirit, with its qualities of courage, mateship, endurance and sacrifice, which continues to beat in the hearts of Australians today.

I encourage all Australians to mark this Anzac Day by lighting a candle and standing silently at the front of their properties just before dawn, or join the Australian War Memorial’s Anzac Day broadcast.

On Anzac Day:

we honour them;

we give thanks for their service;

and pledge never to forget.