Anzac Day services in Warwick
LEST we forget. This Sunday is the 95th anniversary of the landings at Gallipoli, with military leaders, students and the community gathering around the Southern Downs to commemorate Anzac Day.
Warwick’s program includes a dawn service at 5.30am in Leslie Park, ceremonies at the War Graves Cemetery at 9am and a ceremony at Eden Gardens Memorial Park immediately after.
The Anzac Day March commences at 10.45am from the Warwick RSL Services and Citizens Memorial Club.
Soon after, there is a salute at the town hall, with Mayor Ron Bellingham, reviewing officer Colonel Michael Batiste and RSL Sub-Branch president Les Nielsen.
Shortly after there will be an 11am service at the Cenotaph in Leslie Park, followed by Warwick’s unique Fade Away Ceremony.
Mayor Bellingham believes the ceremony is an important local feature for Anzac Day.
“The ceremony symbolises old Diggers passing the baton on to the younger generation to carry forward as they slow-march through the ranks of school children,” Councillor Bellingham said.
Cr Bellingham is expecting active community participation in Anzac Day services throughout the Southern Downs.
Diggers looking for a free taxi pick-up to Anzac Day services in the Warwick area are invited to phone Nancy Miller on 0407 623 987.
The Warwick RSL Services and Citizens Memorial Club will not be open to the general public until 1pm in accordance with Federal law.
HELD annually on April 25, Anzac Day is one of Australia’s most important national days to remember those lost in war.
Anzac stands for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, forged after the two countries saw military action in World War I. Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand Diggers during World War I in Gallipoli, Turkey.
Anzac Day also honours soldiers who fought in both world wars, who served in Korea, Borneo, Malaya, Vietnam, East Timor and the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
5.30am Dawn service at Leslie Park Cenotaph.
9am Ceremony at War Graves Warwick Cemetery – posies to be placed by the pupils of Warwick West State School.
9.30am Ceremony at Eden Gardens Memorial Park.
10.45am March commences from RSL Memorial Club.
Salute at the Town Hall by reviewing officer Colonel Michael Batiste, Mayor Ron Bellingham and Les Nielsen, president RSLA Warwick Sub-Branch.
11am Anzac Day service at the Cenotaph, Leslie Park.
5.30am Dawn Service at Memorial, Weeroona Park.
7.15am Service at Wall of Remembrance, RSL Club, followed by Service at Garden of Remembrance, Stanthorpe Lawn Cemetery.
10.30am Parade – commences at the corner of Folkestone and Maryland streets.
10.55am Public meeting, Civic Centre, Marsh Street
11.30am Laying of wreaths at the Memorial in Weeroona Park.
7.45am Assemble at Carey’s for Yangan March.
Service follows march.
9am Service at Emu Vale Memorial Hall.