ANZAC Day 2017

A DAY of remembrance to honour those who have given their service and those who gave everything in defense of the nation is almost upon us.

HONOURING SACRIFICE: A poppy is laid at the Cenotaph in remembrance of a soldier from Leeton who gave their life in service of the country.

HONOURING SACRIFICE: A poppy is laid at the Cenotaph in remembrance of a soldier from Leeton who gave their life in service of the country.

The final preparations are being made for the somber celebration honouring the sacrifices some have made in service of Australia.

Leeton’s RSL Sub Branch president John Power feels it is important for the community to show their support.

“It’s important to reflect and remember those the sacrifice that was made by those to give us the lifestyle we have in Australia today,” Mr. Power said.

“It’s not about glorifying war but about remembering those who made the supreme sacrifice.”

Mr. Power said he is honoured to see the community gather together in remembrance.

He felt Leeton was fortunate to have the longstanding support and participation of so many different community groups and organizations in ANZAC Day ceremonies over the years.

“In addition to the schools we will have the Leeton Town Band, the Men’s Choir, the Yanco Agricultural High School Drum Corps and the Leeton Pipers all participating in the ceremony,” Mr. Power said.

He also felt community participation was crucial.

“It’s very important to get involved,” Mr. Power said.

“It’s the one time of the year that the entire nation gather and reflect on what people have done in service of our country.”

Since 1916, April 25th stands as a day to honour the service of and the sacrifice made by the men and women in the military.

The day marks the anniversary of the beginning of the assault on the Gallipoli peninsula in the First World War.

Schedule of events around the shire:

Dawn service at the Cenotaph will form up at 5:45 AM with the ceremony commencing at 6 AM.

The main march will begin in front of the court house, follow Church Street along Mountford Park and will turn on Pine Avenue towards the Cenotaph, the service to begin at 10 AM.

Yanco service will be held at Yanco Hall and will start at Noon.

Whitton service will be held at the Whitton Memorial Gates at 3 PM