Light Up the Dawn – End of Driveway 2020 Anzac Day Commemoration
An interview with Rochelle Datson, Sports Captains, Clyde North Campus
What did you do to prepare, what time did you get up?
On the morning of Anzac Day, I woke up at 5:30 allowing for me time to get ready and to fully wake up. I got dressed and decided on what candles we were going to light and then I went and got my parents and niece.
Were you alone or where others in the family with you, were other neighbours/ or in your street and neighbourhood out as well?
I was not alone, I was standing at the end of the driveway near the Australian flag my Mum had put up a few days before. I was joined by my family but unfortunately only one other house in my street had someone standing at the end of their driveway.
Why did you choose to participate?
My family and I have always gone to a Dawn Service Ceremony, whether it be at the local RSL or at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne, and due to the pandemic obviously they couldn’t hold the service for the public so we decided we would join the national campaign to ensure our ANZACS, both past and present, were honoured in the Light Up The dawn, End Of Driveway Commemoration.
What has Anzac Day meant to you in past years and in this year in particular?
Anzac Day for my family and I, has always been about remembering those who have fallen while trying to protect our freedom. My Dad’s father (my Grandpa) fought in WWII, he survived the war and Dad had told me that Grandpa never spoke much about what happened while he was at war, but one thing was for sure and that is when he came home he was a different man. This year even though we couldn’t be at the Shrine or RSL, due to the COVID – 19 (Coronavirus) Social Distancing restrictions, we honoured them.
Do you think this is the beginning of a new way for some to honour our ANZACS?
I do believe that this could be the new beginning in the honouring of our ANZACS as some people are unable to make it to a dawn service in the city or even attend a dawn service at their local RSL. They will still able to show their gratitude towards our ANZACS as they stand at the end of their driveway with a candle lit in their hands.