Anzac Day a chance to share special moments says Macquarie MP

LEST WE FORGET: Federal Member for Macquarie Susan Templeman on her driveway for a personal reflection at dawn on Anzac Day 2020.

LEST WE FORGET: Federal Member for Macquarie Susan Templeman on her driveway for a personal reflection at dawn on Anzac Day 2020.

Anzac Day 2021 will be important to many in the Hawkesbury, as some public commemorations return - albeit it under controlled conditions - after the pandemic saw last year's events cancelled.

Macquarie MP Susan Templeman said if 2020 showed us anything, it was just how significant the day is to local residents.

"We have a proud tradition of service here in the Hawkesbury, and last year saw some beautiful tributes as people were asked to 'Light Up The Dawn' in their driveways, at front gates, on verandahs, or in living rooms," Ms Templeman said.

"It was certainly a special Anzac experience seeing lights in the dawn up and down my own street in 2020, hearing the echoes of the many playings of The Last Post drifting across the valleys, and then the sound of native birds during the minute's silence.

"It was particularly touching to see the photos that Hawkesbury residents sent me of their personal commemorations of the day.

"People like ex-Navy veteran of 22 years, Darryn Rose, who proudly wore his medals and hung his new Australian flag outside his Glossodia home.

"And this ability to adapt reflects the true Anzac spirit - people making the most of what is available, coming together in times of adversity to support each other, and acting for the good of the entire community.

"This year dawn services will return to Windsor and Richmond, but many residents may still choose to lay a wreath at the end of the driveway, pausing to quietly remember those men and women who have served our country in the past, and those who continue to do so today.

"It again presents the chance for neighbours to share a smile and say g'day after the sun rises and we've paused to remember.

"And in these bustling times, when so many of us have lives that are so busy, it's the chance to reconnect with those who share where we live, to catch up, and to check in on each other.

"I encourage everyone in the Hawkesbury to mark Anzac Day in their own way, to remember those who have served, and reflect on how lucky we are to live where we live. Lest we forget."

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