Local RSL president throws support behind alternative Anzac Day idea

The Applecross RSL building on Kintail Road.
The Applecross RSL building on Kintail Road.

THE Applecross RSL president has thrown his support behind people honouring veterans in a different way this Anzac Day.

With the threat of the coronavirus cancelling services across the country, Craig Chapman has joined in the chorus of people encouraging the public to stand at the end of their driveways at a set time instead.

The concept was picked up by social media as a novel way to recognise the sacrifice of ex-servicemen and women.

Mr Chapman said he was fully supportive of the idea.

“Everyone should have their radio on in the background to listen to a national service,” he said.

“I think it would be a tremendous show of support.”

Bateman MLA Dean Nalder has also joined in the calls for people to take part in the initiative.

“Like thousands of Western Australians, I am saddened we won’t be attending an Anzac Day service this year,” he said.

“My local Applecross RSL do a fantastic job throughout the year organising events to honour those that sacrificed their lives for our freedom.”

“We have all had to adjust our lifestyles in response to Covid-19 but our Anzacs can still be remembered and honoured.

“I fully support the initiative encouraging people to go to the end of their driveway at 6am on Anzac Day to share a minute’s silence in a show of respect to Australia’s service men and women, both past and present. Our nation would not be what it is today without their bravery, dedication and sacrifice.”

Applecross RSL Sub Branch treasurer Wayne Smith, president Craig Chapman and secretary Barry O’Neill. Picture: Jon Hewson

Mr Chapman said the RSL had cancelled its March meeting in response to the coronavirus.

“We have to be mindful because the average age of our members is 92,” he said.