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ANZAC DAY 2020

CANCELLATION MESSAGE

It is with deep regret that we write to advise that the ANZAC Day service at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto, scheduled for 6am on 25 April, has been cancelled.

Official ANZAC Day services in Ottawa and Vancouver have also been cancelled. We are as disappointed as we know you will be with this outcome, but given the COVID-19 pandemic and the advice of the Australian, New Zealand and Canadian public health authorities, it is the responsible course of action.

While we will not be able to gather together on 25 April, we encourage all Australians and New Zealanders, wherever you may be, to commemorate ANZAC Day in your own personal way. Please take a moment to pause and reflect on the service and sacrifice of the thousands of Australian and New Zealand men and women who serve or have served in wars, conflict and peace keeping operations. We especially ask you to think of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country.

Public ANZAC Day services have also been cancelled in Australia and New Zealand. But, the Australian War Memorial will be holding a private ceremony in Canberra at
5:30 am on 25 April (AEST), or 3:30 pm on 24 April, Toronto time. The ceremony will be broadcast live by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and streamed online. Please visit www.awm.gov.au/commemoration/anzac-day for more information.

The New Zealand Defence Force will also be holding a virtual dawn service to commemorate ANZAC Day, which will be broadcast by RNZ National, on the RNZ App, from 6:00 am (NZST) on 25 April, or 2:00 pm on 24 April, Toronto time. You may wish to include these ceremonies as part of your commemoration of ANZAC Day.

Our thoughts are with all Australians and New Zealanders in Canada, and our Canadian colleagues and friends, in these challenging and unprecedented times.
Please stay safe, stay informed by following the advice of public health authorities, stay connected with your friends and family, and please stay home.

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