RSL NSW logo

RSL NSW to Cancel ANZAC Day services

Following updates from the NSW Government, RSL NSW has taken the difficult decision to cancel all public ANZAC Day commemoration services across the state. Acting State President Ray James has advised that the risk to the general public and our sub-Branches is too great.

“Given the significant concerns around the spread of COVID-19, we simply cannot allow such large gatherings as we see each year on ANZAC Day to go ahead. This is not a decision we have taken lightly. The RSL has a responsibility to act in the best interests of veterans and the general public.”

While traditional commemorative services will no longer go ahead, ANZAC Day is still a day of recognition and for many Australians, the most important day in our commemorative calendar.

“ANZAC Day as a marker of our respect and admiration for ANZACs past and present will still be observed” said Ray James. “Exactly what form this will take will be different from previous years, but as custodians of commemoration, the RSL will still honour the service and sacrifice of our brave servicemen and women. In these challenging times, we will remember them.”

 

ENDS

 

Media contact: Michael Green – mgreen@rslnsw.org.au – 0419 432 535

Suggested Reads
The Grafton RSL sub-Branch has formed a promising relationship with the staff and inmates at the Clarence Correctional Centre in the state’s north after partnering with them to honour local service men and women.   More
14 May 2021
The Annual RSL NSW Congress and Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 October 2021 at the Newcastle Exhibition & Convention Centre   More
13 May 2021
RSL NSW President Ray James has welcomed the Morrison Government’s 2021-2022 Budget and the additional investment of $702.6 million into veteran wellness, support, suicide prevention and the bolstering of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to improve engagement and to process the backlog of claims.   More
12 May 2021