REMEMBER: Leeton RSL Sub-branch president John Power reflects on the sacrifice made ahead of Anzac Day on Monday. Photo: Talia Pattison WHILE the fanfare surrounding this year’s Anzac Day commemorations hasn’t been to the extent it was in 2015, residents are still expected to turn out in their droves on Monday.
Last year marked the 100thanniversary of Anzac Day when Australian and New Zealand forces landed on the shores of Gallipoli.
Leeton RSL Sub-branch president John Power said the date remained an important one to Australians all over the world.
“I think it’s still going to be a big day,” he said.
“This year it is 100 years since a lot of the battles on the Western Front were fought, which many Australians were part of.
“There’s a lot of pride that surrounds Anzac Day each year.”
Leeton will again hold a dawn service and main march on Monday, with commemorations to also be held at Yanco and Whitton.
An Anzac Day breakfast will be held at the Leeton Soldiers Club following the dawn service.
Mr Power said it could be tricky timing with Anzac Day in the school holidays.
“Hopefully we still have many schools and students participating,” he said.
“Anyone can take part in the march.”
Leeton shire resident Liz McGregor and her husband Craig travelled to Gallipoli last year for the anniversary service.
They were on board a ship just off the shore of Gallipoli and witnessed the dawn service.
“It was emotional, amazing and sad all at the same time,” she said.
“To be there 100 years later is something we won’t forget.” This year the McGregors will be heading to Sydney for Anzac Day and participating in the march there.
Anzac Day services
Leeton dawn service: 5.45am form up at Wade Hotel, service to begin shortly after.Leeton main service: 9.45am form up at the Leeton Courthouse, service to start following the completion of the march.Yanco service: Noon at the Yanco Community Hall.Whitton service: Form at the Rice Bowl Hotel at 2.45pm, service at the park gates at 3pm.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.