An Anzac Day Reflection will be held on Sunday 25th April at Richardson’s Lookout – Marrickville Peace Park (corner of Richards Avenue and Holts Crescent in Marrickville). This public event will begin at 10.30am.
As in previous years, the Anzac Day Reflection will focus on the following:
Respect victims of war, including those who died in battle, those who suffered physical and psychological injuries, as well as their families who endured grief and hardship as a result.
Reflect on the historical distortions associated with the Anzac legend.
Call for official recognition of the Frontier Wars, Australia’s first war involving a series of violent engagements and massacres of Indigenous people resulting in the dispossession of their land and territory.
Reflect on how to build a culture of peace, an independent foreign policy and a commitment to collective security internationally.
Due to the coronavirus, no public gatherings to commemorate Anzac Day will be held around the country this year. This has also resulted in the cancellation of the alternative Anzac Day Reflection which was scheduled to take place at the Marrickville Peace Park in Sydney.
This circumstance, however, opens up an opportunity for the Australian community to move away from Anzac Day ceremonies that have become so commercialised and politicised in recent decades.
In particular, it offers the opportunity for people, young and old, to critically reflect upon the Anzac legend and the historical distortions that this myth entails.
During an Anzac Day address in 2013, the former Governor of Tasmania, the Hon. Peter Underwood AC, emphasised the following: “All our remembrances and honours are meaningless, unless we also vow to become resolute about peace because that is what those whom we remember and honour on this special day thought they were dying for.”1
In keeping with this memorable statement, an Anzac Day Reflection was held in Richardson’s Lookout – Marrickville Peace Park on Tuesday 25 April from 10.30am to 11.30am.