Russell Crowe has marked Anzac Day in a beautiful way, sharing a poignant tribute online on the morning of April 25. The Hollywood star lent his iconic voice to a moving video in honour of Anzacs past, present and future, as people across the country came together to remember their sacrifices from the safety of their own homes.
The two-minute-long video features a beautiful countryside scene, while Crowe reads the emotional words to Laurence Binyon’s renowned 1914 poem ‘For the Fallen’, which has become an international emblem for remembrance all over the world.
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) April 24, 2020
Many people praised Crowe for the poignant tribute on social media, with one writing: “This is much more than a prayer … The memory of those young people comes straight to the heart, Russell … Well done.”
Another commented: “This is heartbreakingly wonderful. Thank you.” While another wrote: “You are giving me chills and goosebumps.”
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the country has been forced to ditch traditional Anzac Day services, with people forced to celebrate from the safety of their own homes instead. Many Australians still rose early to watch or listen to the national commemorative service, which was broadcast on all free-to-air channels, and held vigil in their own driveways to pay tribute to Anzacs past, present and future.
Many people shared images on social media of their personal services, with people choosing to honour the fallen by lighting candles, erecting wreaths and displaying photographs of loved ones who have served, or currently are serving, in the armed forces.
The Starts at 60 community also came together in remembrance and shared photographs of loved ones who had served or are currently serving in conflicts around the world.