Myrtleford Times

Communitie­s to join in Anzac Day services

- By LEAH ANDERSON-BYRNE

SERVICES across the Alpine Shire will help communitie­s mark Anzac Day this Sunday.

The Myrtleford Anzac Day dawn service will be conducted at the Memorial Square in Clyde Street, starting at 6am.

The march from the RSL sub-branch to the memorial will commence at 10.45am, before the mid-morning service at 11am in Memorial Square, followed by the unveiling of a bronze bust of First World War Myrtleford nurse Sister Elizabeth Rothery, along with a bronze plaque of Second World War Myrtleford nurse Sister Alice Margaret O’Donnell.

Refreshmen­ts at the Myrtleford RSL sub-branch in Smith Street will be served following the unveiling.

Gold coin donations for refreshmen­ts go to support widows and families of war veterans.

Please check in upon arrival and observe social distancing practices throughout the service.

Myrtleford RSL sub-branch president Bryan Meehan said the club was “anxious to make sure the event is a success”.

“In the present COVID situation we’re hoping it goes well and I believe it will,” he said.

“We’ve been putting a lot of work into it and holding a march I think is a strength that Myrtleford RSL has.

“We’ve also got Whorouly resident Doug Hamilton flying his Second World War plane over the shrine in Myrtleford sometime after 11am so that will be an extra dimension to what we put on.”

Mount Beauty

The Mount Beauty Anzac Day dawn service will be conducted at Centennial Park in Lakeside Avenue, starting at 6.45am.

The march down Hollonds Street will commence at 10.45am, before the midmorning service at 11am at the Mount Beauty Cenotaph in Lakeside Avenue.

Please check in upon arrival and observe social distancing practices throughout the service.

Bright

Bright RSL sub-branch is keeping its Anzac Day events small this year, due to COVID.

The sub-branch will hold a small informatio­n dawn service where the president will say the Ode and lay a wreath.

“It takes several months to organise the services we have had in the past and given the uncertaint­y over the past year and 2021 with snap lockdowns we did not feel confident to proceed with the organisati­on of the service this year,” a branch representa­tive said.

“The Bright sub-branch is a small group and our members are elderly; keeping in mind that Covid 19 restrictio­ns still exist we are not in a position to provide the service with the volunteers we have.

“We will erect the racks so members of the public will be able to lay their wreaths during the day and some of our members will be available at the Memorial Clock Tower between 10.30am and 11.30am to consult with those who would like to have more informatio­n on the meaning of Anzac Day.”

 ?? PHOTO: Nathan De Vrees ?? LEST WE FORGET: Myrtleford RSL vice president Trevor Isherwood and Bryan Meehan, pictured at the Lowerson Statue, are looking forward to a successful ANZAC Day.
PHOTO: Nathan De Vrees LEST WE FORGET: Myrtleford RSL vice president Trevor Isherwood and Bryan Meehan, pictured at the Lowerson Statue, are looking forward to a successful ANZAC Day.

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