AN­ZAC Day in Proser­pine

Whitsunday Times - - PREPARING FOR ANZAC DAY 2014 -

PROSER­PINE’s Ex-Ser­vices Club will be host­ing a notto-be-missed AN­ZAC Day pro­gram to mark 100 years of Aus­tralia’s in­volve­ment in the First World War and the 99th com­mem­o­ra­tion of AN­ZAC Day.

The club is invit­ing the com­mu­nity to re­mem­ber not only the orig­i­nal AN­ZACs who served at Gal­lipoli and the Western Front, but also to com­mem­o­rate more than a century of ser­vice by Aus­tralia’s ser­vice­men and women.

This year's pro­gram starts with a dawn ser­vice at the Proser­pine Ceno­taph at 4.28am fol­lowed by a Gun­fire Break­fast back at the Ex-Ser­vices Club.

This year's of­fi­cial march will start out­side the Proser­pine Ex-Ser­vices Club at 10.30am, with par­tic­i­pants asked to meet and start as­sem­bling from 10am. The ExSer­vices Club will close at 10.30am for the march and will re-open at 11am.

A roast lunch will be held back at the club along with fun and games up­stairs in­clud­ing ‘Two-Up’.

Proser­pine Ex-Ser­vices Club pres­i­dent and Viet­nam Vet­eran Ian Lade, said AN­ZAC Day was a day when re­turned ser­vice­men and women could ex­pe­ri­ence the same ca­ma­raderie that was shown on bat­tle­fields both past and present.

“It is im­por­tant for the com­mu­nity to come along and pay their re­spects to those who served [and] to make them feel wel­come,” he said.

Mr Lade is also invit­ing the com­mu­nity to check out the war me­mo­rial dis­play in the Proser­pine Ex-Ser­vices Club foyer, which in­cludes ter­rific per­sonal arte­facts such as mil­i­tary uni­forms, weapons, medals, flags, pho­tos and much more.

“Some of the weapons in the mu­seum can­not be seen out­side a Can­berra mu­seum,” he said.

Mr Lade will also have his Viet­nam Vet­eran pens for sale that are hand-crafted from ser­vice rib­bons and come in dif­fer­ent colours and sizes.

ME­MORA­BILIA: Proser­pine Ex-Ser­vices Club pres­i­dent and Viet­nam Vet­eran Ian Lade is invit­ing the com­mu­nity to check out the war me­mo­rial dis­play at the club.

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