New marching orders for Anzac Day
SCHOOL groups will line up in Palmerin St on Friday morning for this year's Anzac Day Parade.
In a change made to give students more shade and space while they form up, Palmerin St from Percy St to King St will be set aside for them.
In another change to the usual protocol, family members and representatives wearing their deceased relatives' medals on their right chest, will now have a column of their own, led by a member with an Australian flag.
The Anzac Day parade will again be led by mounted members of the 11th Light Horse Warwick/Montrose Troop who will be followed by the now very popular Second World War Jeeps, all loaned by local enthusiasts.
With Second World War veterans now almost entirely in their 90s and no longer able to march, the Jeeps have proven to be a real boost for those who would otherwise travel by bus or taxi.
Warwick RSL Sub-branch president John Skinner said most of the changes to the parade this year were just common sense.
"King St and the Memorial Club car park were becoming very crowded with the risk of children walking out onto the highway and with warmer weather expected, the shade in Palmerin St will be much appreciated by kids and parents alike," he said.
"Scouts, Girl Guides, Boys and Girls brigades will still form up in King St but otherwise, all the school groups will be in the main street ready to march behind the Diggers' Column."
Mr Skinner said a problem arose in 2013 which needed to be addressed.
"Unknown to most of us, quite a number of war veterans were left standing outside the Cenotaph area gates during the 11am service while others not so entitled surrounded the major memorial," he said.
"This year, we have decided to overcome that problem by having only war veterans, ex-military and serving military members march onto the Cenotaph. Family members and representatives, specifically those wearing medals on their right breast, will have a column of their own for the parade but will then disperse before entering the Cenotaph.
"Similarly for the Fade Away Ceremony, only war veterans, ex-military and serving military people will take part. Ride-on scooters particularly will not be allowed to enter the Fade Away Ceremony."
Mr Skinner said the Fade Away was a unique Warwick Anzac Day event and meant a great deal to the Diggers involved.
A number of assistant parade marshals have been appointed to assist in King St, during the wreath laying at the Cenotaph and the Fade Away Ceremony and Mr Skinner said they will all be wearing armbands.