Anzac Day in Adelaide | Showing Respect from Home | 25 Apr 2020

Light up the dawn with our Anzac spirit in Adelaide on Saturday 25 April 2020

Showing your respect on Anzac Day will be a little different in 2020, with a ‘Driveway Tribute’ idea gaining popularity around Australia.

Annually on April 25, Anzac Day usually includes public commemorations right across Australia.  The largest gathering in South Australia is always in the city of Adelaide where a number of activities are normally held throughout the day.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Anzac Day services across South Australia will be closed to the public as the Federal Government enforces limits on outdoor gatherings.

The RSL state branch have cancelled Anzac Day marches and public attendance at the main North Terrace event.  There will be a Dawn Service at the State Memorial with official guests only and modified to COVID-19 risk.

The annual Youth Vigil on Anzac Eve, the City Anzac Day March, the Service at the Cross of Sacrifice and Anzac Torrens are all cancelled.

Anzac Day 2020 Dawn Service

Because remembrance of service and sacrifice are important to our society, you can choose to pay respects in your own personal way, such as:

  • Light Up the Dawn commemoration from your own driveway, with neighbours and the RSL. For a guide to format your own service at home see below. 
  • Remembering from within your home with Light Up the Dawn, media broadcasts and online coverage. ABC TV and Radio 891 will cover the closed Adelaide dawn service from 5:55am.
  • Visiting a local war memorial at any time of the day, within exercise/recreation and social distancing conditions.
  • Visit Virtual War Memorial Australia. Register and contribute pictures and information on your relatives who served Australia on active service.

For more Anzac Day 2020 commemoration ideas CLICK HERE

Find out about Pop-up Poppies – Decorate your Garden, Fence or Home HERE.

Guide for a Home Service

RSL SA offers the guide below to conducting your personal remembrance service. 

Introduction: Use your own words of reflection, name people you remember today, give gratitude for those who served and sacrificed, and to those still serving our nation.

Recite the Ode:

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.

Play The Last Post

Minute of Silence

Play Reveille/Rouse

Recite: Lest We Forget

Play New Zealand National Anthem

Play Australian National Anthem


You may add prayers, hymns, readings and personal content to reflect your beliefs. Consider reciting the ANZAC Requiem. Please use volume levels for your own use, that are respectful to neighbours.

For links to bugle calls and music to complement your words CLICK HERE

You can also use the virtual candle HERE

ANZAC DAY 2020 App

The ANZAC Day 2020 mobile application will deliver and guide you through the Driveway at Dawn service this year. It contains either a live broadcast of the National Service from your own country or a pre-recorded short recitation of The Ode, The Last Post, a minute of silence and Reveille.

On 25 April at 5:30am (local time), the National Broadcast in Australia and New Zealand will commence. At this time, the candle within the application will light. At 5:55am, you will be prompted to move to the driveway of your home, in preparation for the reading of The Ode, sounding of The Last Post, observance of a minute of silence and the sound of Reveille.



The Australian War Memorial in Canberra said a private, nationally televised commemorative service would go ahead, despite the cancellation of the traditional Dawn Service, National Ceremony and veterans’ march.

“The event will not be open to the public but will be broadcast live across Australia by the ABC and streamed online”

A Message from James Morrison 

At 6am on ANZAC Day musicians everywhere are being called on to take to their front yards to play the Last Post.

A grassroots campaign for Australians to commemorate Anzac Day at dawn in their driveways is gathering momentum across the country.  With traditional services and marches cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, RSL branches in every state have unanimously endorsed the gesture, with families across the nation expected to stand at their gates, on balconies or verandahs at 6am on Saturday 25 April 2020.

Please join us and the rest of Australia in this special moment to remember all those who have served and sacrificed for this nation.  We may not be able to stand together as we usually would, but we can still stand united in spirit.

Anyone interested should download the sheet music, start practising and notify their neighbourhood via a letterbox drop. 

Listen to James Morrison below:

things to do in Adelaide for families

For more information and all enquiries please visit the Veterans SA website 0r the RSL SA Branch website.

What:  Anzac Day 2020

When:  Saturday 25 April 2020 at 6am

Who: Everyone

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

Image source: RSL SA Branch 


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One Response to “Anzac Day in Adelaide | Showing Respect from Home | 25 Apr 2020”

  1. April 2, 2020 at 12:17 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this!! We have been working hard since March 17th to make the commemoration of ANZAC Day 2020 a resounding success as every household across Australia and New Zealand synchronises their driveway dawn service in their local time zones.

    Please don’t hesitate to join our page entitled “Aussies & Kiwis for ANZACs” where all of the up to date information is released, including the mobile application that we are developing.

    Linked below

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