Waiheke Sea Scout leader and RSA secretary manager Brendan Demchy with his boys Joshua and Caleb

Anzac Day services this Saturday 25 April will not be the social gatherings of years past, but organisers invite the nation to stand apart, together as one. Remembrance services around the country were cancelled before the lockdown when the Returned Service’s Association national president BJ Clark made clear it was not worth risking the health of veterans and the wider public going ahead. “It’s the first time there hasn’t been a service in I don’t even know how long. It’s a very bizarre thing,” says Waiheke RSA Manager Brendan Demchy. Having cancelled so early, the RSA have had time to plan a different kind of service for the nation, taking resources online. “The hashtag is #standatdawn and people can download apps to access and play the dawn service,” says Brendan. On the RSA website and Facebook pages, there are links available to the Radio New Zealand app where an Anzac Day service will be broadcasted at 6am on Saturday 25 April. *Jessie Dean

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