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Anzac Day services return to North Central region

Anzac Day services will return across the region this month.

By Colin MacGillivray

RSL sub-branches in the North Central region are preparing for the return of Anzac Day ceremonies to Victoria on Sunday.

Last year’s Anzac Day memorial services and marches were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and RSL Victoria vice-chairman and Broadford resident Des Callaghan said the veterans from across the state would celebrate their return.

The traditional dawn service at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance will be held with a limited number of attendees, with a march through the city limited to 5,500 people.

Mr Callaghan said it would be good to just be able to hold Anzac Day events this year.

“I think the tickets for the dawn service at the Shrine of Remembrance went out in minutes,” he said.

“ANZAC House is currently discussing with the state government to decide if we can have more people as the COVID situation appears to have calmed down recently.

“It’s great to be able to have services this year, and at the end of the day, you have to take some responsibility with COVID. We don’t want to break the law and we will abide by the government’s COVID regulations.

Mr Callaghan also encouraged people to continue the Light up the Dawn campaign which started last year as a way to mark Anzac Day in a COVID-safe way.

People would turn on a light from their doorstep or at the end of their driveway at dawn to honor the legacy of fallen soldiers.

“I think Light up the Dawn will kick off, because it was quite popular,” he said.

“I did it last year and it was amazing how many other people on my street did it.

“I think now that it has happened, it will happen again. It seems to have started and it is a tradition worth continuing.

Anzac Day services across the region this year are:

Dorene: 5:55 a.m. dawn service at the Doreen Cenotaph, corner of Painted Hills Road and Armidale Road, followed by a sizzle of sausages at the Laurimar Football Club. Contact Wesley Wridgway on 0408 397 502 or Sarah Evers on 0487 384 963.

Kilmore: Dawn service at 6am in Hudson Park, Sydney Street, with barbecue provided by the scouts. March descends at 10:45 a.m. next to Old Town Hall, with refreshments for a gold coin donation. Contact Peter Cracker on 0473 188 835.

Pyalong: Community commemoration at 11am at Pyalong Memorial Gardens, High Street. There will be an army transport school catafalque party in Puckapunyal, with a piper and choir from Pyalong Primary School. The ceremony will begin with a march along the High Street. Veterans, children and others wishing to participate are asked to assemble at the Pyalong General Store at 10.45am. Attendees will each receive a name badge, honoring a serviceman or woman from the district. Information from coordinator Belinda, Tuesday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on 5785 1462.

Romsey-Lancefield: Wreath laying service at 7.30am in Romsey, service at 8.30am in Lancefield.

Seymour: Walk at 5:45 a.m. from Seymour RSL at 2 Station Street to Bretonneux Street for a dawn service at 5:50 a.m., with breakfast available at Seymour RSL. A second march will depart at 9:45 a.m. from the Seymour Timber and Hardware parking lot at 9:45 a.m. for a 10 a.m. service at the Cenotaph on Anzac Avenue. Contact Andrew Cox on 0435 107 599.

Valan: Dawn service at 6am in Hadfield Park, with barbecue provided by local scouts. March descends at 8.30am on Queen Street, with refreshments available in Hadfield Park for a gold coin donation. Contact Peter Cracker on 0473 188 835.

Wanddong: Wandong History Group will hold a service at Wandong Heathcote Junction Memorial Park at noon on Anzac Day, followed by a sizzle of sausages. This is a COVID-safe event and potential attendees are asked to pre-register by phoning or texting their name and phone number to 0432 120 736.

Whittle Sea: 6:30 a.m. Memorial service on Church Street. Contact Denys Potts on 0421 431 528.