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Wow, I hope EW is okay.

My region has been 10 days without a reported case of COVID-19, which is kind of awesome.

Regional borders remain closed, but the Premier announced yesterday that as of today we could have gatherings of up to 10 people instead of just 2 (apart from immediate family, of course).

It was ANZAC Day yesterday (I guess it's a bit like Memorial Day, only more so). With social distancing and all, instead of going to the Dawn Service and the March and all that, we tuned our radios in to the ceremony being held at the National War Memorial, stood at the tops of our driveways with candles and lanterns, and participated that way as the sun slowly inched its way toward the eastern horizon. It was actually quite moving, especially since the driveways out here are a fair way apart. During the minute's silence between the Last Post and Reveille we could hear our own dawn chorus and the one being picked up by the mic in Canberra (time delayed broadcast -- they're two hours ahead of us). It was kind of awesome.

Imagine it: all over Australia and New Zealand, in the pre-dawn dark just ahead of the sunrise, millions of little candles flickering in to life as people stood outside their homes to remember; the Ode being recited, then the Last Post sounding out clear and true, followed by the silence, then Reveille, and finally a lament played by a lone piper as the sun came up. Lest we Forget.

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That's wonderful, GG! Now if the rest of us could have some days of no new infections.

That's a wonderful way to celebrate your ANZAC Day. This year will be the first year in 16 that we will be home on Memorial Day. I hope my neighborhood comes up with something special to do.

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Today in NSW, we have been told we can have two adults, and children over for a visit.

I've seen mixed reactions to it, and a lot of people are cautious. It could be that where I am is still a hot spot, and a few cases they're still trying to find the source. No one wants a spike in cases. I'm hoping people affected be sensible, stay home, and it settles.

The new app is a great idea.

There are a few things I have to approach with caution to it because of my work. Confidentiality is the main one.

ANZAC Day, my street was quiet. My kids made a red poppy wreath out of egg cartons for the front letterbox.
I was the only one out there! (DH was there too, kids are young, so we let them sleep.)
I played the last post on my flute. My relations have had a long military history, so I did it to honour them, and their bravery. My great-great Uncle was the first soldier to receive the Victoria cross. I had three uncles go to the WW1, one in WWII and uncles in airforce, now my cousins. A few close friends with spouses in the army, and airforce. It was peaceful as the sun rose, the only sound breaking the silence was my flute, it is a softer tone than a trumpet, but the meaning was there.
The next suburb over there was a trumpeter and more people outside in driveways.

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That was a very great thing you did, Ebony. I'm not sure how our Memorial Day at the end on May will be handled on the national level here in the US.

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Becky, maybe you can start the campaign for your own "Light Up The Dawn" or "Driveway Dawn Service" for Memorial Day and see if the idea takes off.

Living on a very busy main road, with more businesses than residences nearby, I was sure I'd be the only one out there at dawn last Saturday. I wasn't. One of the neighbours that shares my driveway, and a couple across the street and a few houses up shared a strange sense of kinship as we listened to the radio broadcast of the dawn service from The War Memorial in Canberra, each holding our candles.

Ebony, well done for playing the Last Post on the flute. I chickened out of dusting off my old trombone (or trumpet) to play - It's been a while and I would have had to practice first. With the neighbours sharing adjoining walls I was too self conscious!


I hope everyone is still safe and not going too stir crazy! My thoughts are especially with EW - I hope she is okay and just having internet trouble or something.

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Ebony, well done for playing the Last Post on the flute. I chickened out of dusting off my old trombone (or trumpet) to play - It's been a while and I would have had to practice first. With the neighbours sharing adjoining walls I was too self conscious!


I hope everyone is still safe and not going too stir crazy! My thoughts are especially with EW - I hope she is okay and just having internet trouble or something.


I practiced for a week. One of my friends who's husband is in the army encouraged me to play it on my flute. Along with another friend who's ex- husband served in Afghanistan and was discharged with injuries and has had severe PTSD, that's why he is no longer with the family.

I was nervous, I normally play my flute indoors for my family.
I played the parts I could do well. It is more a trumpet piece... So cool you have a trombone and play!

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Originally posted by Ebonyswanne My relations have had a long military history, so I did it to honour them, and their bravery. My great-great Uncle was the first soldier to receive the Victoria cross. I had three uncles go to the WW1, one in WWII and uncles in airforce, now my cousins.


My family as well. I always put out flags etc on US holidays (Memorial Day,Veterans Day, etc), aside from myself there is only ONE other person on my street who does this. Makes me sad....

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Since 1992 we've spent Memorial Day weekend in Indianapolis for the Indy 500 (all except the year our son was born as he was due the day after the race and the 3 years we spent in Frankfurt Germany), so we joined in with 300,000 others at the track honoring our military. It's incredible, when they play Taps, that such a gigantic crowd can be so silent you can hear the silence but for the trumpet playing.

This is our first year that we'll be home for Memorial Day as the Indy 500 has been moved to August 23 due to the virus. We're 30 miles west of our Capital and we doubt they will allow people to go to the memorials in WDC to honor our veterans. I'm thinking of finding a YouTube of some military band music and playing it from the driveway while having the flag on our front porch.

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The Driveway Dawn Service and Light Up The Dawn movements here started as a simple suggestion that people could commemorate at home simply by lighting a candle and observing a minute silence at the end of their driveway at 6am. A second suggestion that all musicians play the last post at the end of their driveway at 6am quickly followed.

Radio stations and apps answered the call by providing a way for driveway participants to hear the recitation of the Ode, the Last Post and the Reveille.

Since we could not attend a march or a service on the day I think these simple tributes were a brilliant way for us all to remember.

Lest We Forget.

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Since 1992 we've spent Memorial Day weekend in Indianapolis for the Indy 500 (all except the year our son was born as he was due the day after the race and the 3 years we spent in Frankfurt Germany), so we joined in with 300,000 others at the track honoring our military. It's incredible, when they play Taps, that such a gigantic crowd can be so silent you can hear the silence but for the trumpet playing.

This is our first year that we'll be home for Memorial Day as the Indy 500 has been moved to August 23 due to the virus. We're 30 miles west of our Capital and we doubt they will allow people to go to the memorials in WDC to honor our veterans. I'm thinking of finding a YouTube of some military band music and playing it from the driveway while having the flag on our front porch.


My DH loves supercars, and racing in general. He would love the Indy500, its solo famous. For his birthday this year he's got his chance to race around Eastern Creek raceway in a V8 supercar behind the wheel. He's a confident driver, should be fun for him.

The good new for us in Sydney, we have been good kiddies and the grown ups are letting us out to play a bit at a time! Some of the restrictions are lifting as of later this week in stage 1 of normal life again.

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Our states are starting to determine when to open things up but its very haphazard. The virus is here to stay and we can't hide for ever.

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