- Publish Date
- Thursday, 23 April 2020, 1:36PM
Kiwis might not be able to commemorate Anzac Day the traditional way this year but we're hoping you can help line the streets with poppies by putting the Herald's special Anzac poster in your window.
For the first time in history, Anzac Day dawn ceremonies will not be taking place this April 25 due to the nationwide lockdown.
As a way to pay respects and honour our Anzacs, Kiwis are being urged to "never forget" from inside their bubbles by placing images of poppies in their windows, including a special edition poster from Herald artist and cartoonist Rod Emmerson - which is available to download below.
Image / Rod Emmerson
New Zealanders are also being asked to unite at 6am on Saturday at their driveways, letterboxes and front doors as part of the campaign #StandAtDawn.
Veterans are also encouraged to wear their medals on Anzac Day just as they would for official public Anzac Day gatherings.
More information can be found on the standatdawn.com website.
Returned and Services' Association president BJ Clark said the RSA greatly appreciated the support for "virtual services" this Anzac Day.
"It will be disappointing not going to the service, but I am looking forward to walking to my gate on Saturday morning, and seeing people in my neighbourhood out with candles or torches, and poppies on their fences or in their windows."
The national Poppy Day appeal was also postponed this year for the first time since 1992, which Clark said could have "huge financial consequences".
The RSA usually collected between $1.5 million and $2m, but was expecting much less this year with the appeal cancelled and economic consequences of Covid-19.
"We rely on those funds to support our veterans, young and old, and their families," Clark said.
To make a donation to the RSA visit this Givealittle page.
This article was first published on nzherald.co.nz and is republished here with permission.
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