Town gets ready to mark Anzac Day

19th April 2017 12:15 PM
Pastor Jeremy Greening,Cyril Charlwood, Captain Michael Richardson and Mayor Tracy Dobie at the Stanthorpe service. SOLEMN OCCASION: Pastor Jeremy Greening, Cyril Charlwood, Captain Michael Richardson and Mayor Tracy Dobie at the 2016 Stanthorpe dawn service. Dane Lillingstone

ANZAC Day is a time of commemoration, to pay our respects to those who have and are still serving.

To remember those past and present soldiers, a number of services have been organised for around Stanthorpe, including a dawn service in Weeroona Park.

The dawn service will start at 5.30am with the firing of the cannon and will feature a number of community groups, including the RSL Brass Band.

RSL sub-branch vice-president and ceremonies officer Norm Steele said special guests Member for Maranoa David Littleproud and Member for the Southern Downs Lawrence Springborg would speak at the ceremony.

Mr Steele said last year's dawn service was the biggest crowd they had ever had, with about 400 attending, and he hoped many would return.

 

The community is also invited to the gunfire breakfast after the service at the RSL for $5 per person, with money raised being donated to help past and present armed servicemen and women.

Mr Steele encouraged anyone who hadn't attended a dawn service to head to Weeroona Park.

"Somebody who hasn't been before will get something out of it, it can get very solemn," he said.

Anzac Day events will continue in Stanthorpe with the march starting from the corner of Maryland and Folkestone streets, 10.30am.

A dawn service will also be held at the Liston War Memorial on Mount Lindesay Road from 5.30am, with an address will be given by retired Lt Col Bryce Titcume.The morning will be followed by breakfast at the hall for $5 per adult.