Lest we forget: Anzac Day 2010

April 25 1915 was the start of a campaign that lasted eight months and resulted in some 25,000 Australian casualties, including 8700 who were killed or died of wounds or disease.

The following year April 25 was officially named Anzac Day in honour of those people who died or fought on the beaches of Gallipoli. But over the years it has become a day to remember all those Australians, New Zealanders and allies who fought in armed conflicts.

City of Lismore RSL Sub-Branch president Cecil Harris encouraged people to come out to mark the event this Sunday and reflect on the many lives lost or forever changed because of war.

“Anzac Day is a chance to pay your respects for the people who didn’t return from war,” Mr Harris said. “It’s more like a church service, we’re not here to glorify war, but here to pay tribute to the boys who went overseas and suffered and also their families here at home who suffered along with them.”

This year Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Pascoe, Commanding Officer of the 41st Battalion, will be the keynote speaker in Lismore.

Below are details of services happening around the region.

Lismore

Veterans wishing to march in the Dawn Service parade should form up at the Old Post Office corner at 4.45am ready to set off at 5am for the dawn service and wreath laying at the Lismore cenotaph. This will be followed by breakfast at the Lismore Workers Club.

For this year only, the main service is being held one hour later than usual. Formation for the main march will begin at 9.30am in Molesworth Street and the Brown’s Creek car park with the march commencing at 10am. Following the march the Anzac Day service and wreath laying will be held at the Lismore cenotaph.

For enquiries or to arrange transport for veterans phone the City of Lismore RSL Sub-Branch on 6621 3851.

Ballina

Dawn service at the RSL Memorial Park in Grant Street at 5.30am followed by breakfast at the Ballina RSL Club. Main march starts at 10.15am (form up at the Old Post Officer, corner of Martin and River Streets, at 10am). The commemorative service will take place at the RSL Memorial Park in Grant Street at 10.55am.

Richmond Valley

Casino

Dawn service at 4.45am at Mafeking Lamp, Walker Street. Main march starts at 10am and proceeds down Walker Street and into Canterbury Street for the commemorative service at the RSM Club.

Evans Head

Dawn service from 5am at McDonald Place Memorial. Main march starts 11.30am and proceeds down Park Street, Oak Street and Woodburn Street to the RSL Club for the commemorative service.

Coraki

Memorial service at Memorial Park at 10am.

Kyogle

Dawn service at the Kyogle cenotaph at 5.30am. Assemble for main march at 10.15am at the Kyogle Baths and march through town at 10.30am to the Kyogle Memorial Hall for the commemorative service. Wreath laying at cenotaph to immediately follow.

Alstonville peacekeepers

The Australian Peacekeeper & Peacemaker Veterans’ Association will attend the dawn service at 5.20am hours at Elizabeth Ann Park, Alstonville (meet at Alstonville RSL), followed by breakfast back at the RSL.

The Peacekeepers & Peacemakers banner will be in place at the assembly point for the main march (on the west side of the Alstonville RSL Sub-Branch main entrance) by 9.20am for a programmed march off at 10am. Look for the UN blue berets or the orange berets of the Peacekeepers. Meet at the Alstonville RSL Sub-Branch after the march for Anzac Day festivities.

This is the first time the association has marched independently as a group and all organisations such as police and Salvation Army are welcome to join the contingent.


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