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Anzac Day in the digital age: Distancing rules force Australians to use social media to remember those who died for our freedom - sharing messages of respect and even organising virtual games of two-up

Anzac Day in the digital age: Distancing rules force Australians to use social media to remember those who died for our freedom - sharing messages of respect and even organising virtual games of two-up
  • Social media lit up with hashtags showing ANZAC commemorations at home
  • Dawn services and performances were live streamed using social media 
  • Others used Zoom to connect with communities or take part in baking tutorials

Social media has been flooded with emotional tributes as thousands of people across Australia and New Zealand commemorate ANZAC Day from the comfort of their homes.  

Commemorations moved online this year after restrictions around social gatherings forced the cancellation of traditional ceremonies and dawn services.

Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have lit up with the hashtags 'lightupthedawn', 'istandatdawn, 'showusyourmedals' and 'Anzacathome' displaying the creative ways people have been paying their respects. 
The Sydney Opera House livestreamed a poignant rendition of the Last Post on the Opera House steps
The Sydney Opera House livestreamed a poignant rendition of the Last Post on the Opera House steps 
The traditional 'Dawn Service' was converted to a 'Lawn Service' with hundreds sharing selfies as they stood at the end of their driveway in their pajamas with a lit candle to remember the fallen.Others stood to attention in full uniform with their medals. 
Many shared photographs of the makeshift memorials they had set up outside their homes, showing off creative decorations like chalk artworks, hand-crafted poppies made of egg cartons and candles from old milk bottle. 
RSL Services and musical performances were live streamed on Facebook and Instagram, including the a poignant rendition of the last post by a New South Wales police officer on the steps of the Sydney Opera House. 
Air Vice-Marshal Joe Iervasi, AM, Air Commander Australia shared an image of his family taking part in the Light the Dawn initiative
Air Vice-Marshal Joe Iervasi, AM, Air Commander Australia shared an image of his family taking part in the Light the Dawn initiative 
Australians used social media to shared photographs of the makeshift memorials they had set up outside their homes
Australians used social media to shared photographs of the makeshift memorials they had set up outside their homes
Many shared images of handcrafted candles they had made using plastic milk bottles and paint
Many shared images of handcrafted candles they had made using plastic milk bottles and paint 
Scouts Australia used Zoom to come together for the 'Light up the Dawn' service on their driveways on Saturday morning
Scouts Australia used Zoom to come together for the 'Light up the Dawn' service on their driveways on Saturday morning
An ANZAC Day tribute is painted across the skies of Sydney on Saturday April 25
An ANZAC Day tribute is painted across the skies of Sydney on Saturday April 25
Others shared videos of bonfires or photographs of their traditional 'gunfire breakfast'
Photos of breakfast and Anzac cookies were common sights across social media in Australia and New Zealand on ANZAC Day
Others shared videos of bonfires or photographs of their traditional 'gunfire breakfast'
Amateur musicians showed off their talent, recording themselves taking to the streets on trumpets, violins, harmonicas and even bagpipes to play their own rendition of the Last Post for the local neighborhoods. 
An entire website was even set up to allow people to play Two Up with friends using Zoom or Facebook to keep the ANZAC tradition alive
An entire website was even set up to allow people to play Two Up with friends using Zoom or Facebook to keep the ANZAC tradition alive
Others shared videos of bonfires or photographs of their traditional 'gunfire breakfast'.
Communities like Scouts Australia came together via video messaging platform Zoom to share the dawn service together.
While others used the platform to take part in Anzac cookie baking tutorials, including an event which more than 150 Australians signed up to take part in.  
An entire website was even set up to allow people to play Two Up with friends using Zoom or Facebook to keep the ANZAC tradition alive. 
However many Australians were content to play the iconic game from the comfort of their own homes - dusting off their paddles to 'keep the tradition' going.Zoom was used to hold virtual baking workshops for Anzac cookies
Zoom was used to hold virtual baking workshops for Anzac cookies
Many Australians played the iconic Anzac Day ritual 'Two up' from their own homes
Another Instagram user shared a photo of their Two Up paddle complete with Australian pennies from 1953
Many Australians played the iconic Anzac Day ritual 'Two up' from their own homes
One Instagram user even personalised their Two Up paddle with an inscription about COVID-19 for ANZAC Day 2020
One Instagram user even personalised their Two Up paddle with an inscription about COVID-19 for ANZAC Day 2020 
Beers, Two Up and hand sanitiser on ANZAC Day during the COVID-19 pandemic
Beers, Two Up and hand sanitiser on ANZAC Day during the COVID-19 pandemic
Sandra was visibly upset as she called out for her parrot which had escaped from her garden
'As soon as the light come up we were all out on the canal searching.' 
Thankfully the mother of four's parrot was found just over two miles from Sandra's home. 
'On facebook, someone said: "I found your parrot". She was knocking on a window in Seaforth saying "hello, hello ,hello". I didn't know the person, I didn't even have her on Facebook. 
'If it wasn't for Facebook I don't think I would have found her. It was the worst day of my life, the worst.' Woman becomes hysterical after her parrot named Chanel goes missing
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