John Weber, chairman of the Widgee ANZAC Committee, puts the final touches to the Widgee ANZAC Memorial.
John Weber, chairman of the Widgee ANZAC Committee, puts the final touches to the Widgee ANZAC Memorial.

ANZAC Day arrangements in place

PLANS are well under way for ANZAC Day commemorations across the Gympie region, says Gympie Sub Branch president Ivan Friske.

Proceedings will begin with the lighting of the memorial flame on Saturday at 6pm at Memorial Lane.

On ANZAC Day morning, the RSL will open at 4.15am.

Those attending the dawn service are asked to assemble outside the building in Mary Street, ready to move off at 4.45am for the march down to Memorial Park.

The Memorial Park dawn service starts at 5am.

The Normanby Hill service starts at 6.15am, followed by church services and for those who are able, breakfast at the RSL.

Apex will have breakfast available to the public in Memorial Park upon completion of the dawn service.

Those taking part in the ANZAC Day march down Mary Street are asked to congregate at Smithfield Street.

The march will begin at 10.30am.

The citizens’ meeting at Memorial Park starts at 11am with special guest, service representative Captain Trent Groves.

Mr Friske emphasised that all members of the armed services were welcome to participate.

“We’re encouraging anybody who has been in the defence forces to take part,” Mr Friske said.

“There is a place in the march for all of them.

“Reservists, national service – whether they served overseas or not – it doesn’t matter.”

He added that children and young supporters remained welcome participants in Gympie’s ANZAC Day commemorations and were invited to march with, or in memory of, the Diggers.

“If they want to march with a veteran or ex-service person they can but only one relative (is permitted) per veteran,” he said.

“Children have to be under adult supervision.

“There are (to be) no prams or strollers and no carrying (children) on shoulders.

“They are also welcome to march in a separate group, in remembrance.

“Anybody, adult or child supervised by an adult, can join in their part of the march.

“We don’t care how many there are.

“We have a specific group 17 in the march for family members of deceased veterans.” Young supporters are encouraged to wear the medals of their fathers, mothers or grandparents.

They should also wear covered footwear and neat and tidy dress, as a mark of respect.

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