Anzac Day preparations across Port Stephens are on track

MEMORABLIA: Tilligerry RSL Sub-Branch treasurer John Olive in front of the newly erected memorial cabinet inside the RSL club.
MEMORABLIA: Tilligerry RSL Sub-Branch treasurer John Olive in front of the newly erected memorial cabinet inside the RSL club.

After the cancelation of formal Anzac Day services last year, members of Tilligerry RSL Sub-Branch are preparing for a revamped and revitalised ceremony on April 25, 2021.

The sub-branch leadership said that the upgraded Cenotaph at the Tilligerry RSL club was looking spectacular and that plans for Anzac Day were on track and in line with current health COVID-safe regulations.

"We are planning for an Anzac Day march and service as per normal, featuring a dawn service at 5.45 followed by a gunfire breakfast with gold coin donation," said sub-branch treasurer John Olive.

"Later in the morning members will march starting at the memorial gates to the Cenotaph for the start of the 9.45am service. The club will be providing golf carts for any members with mobility issues."

Mr Olive said that the sub branch continued to recognise and remember its service men and women through its memorial wall and memorial cabinet.

"We received a $8,250 'Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grant' program to build the cabinet which is being stocked with war memorabilia from local members, both past and present."

COMMEMORATION: The Anzac Day service at Nelson Bay Cenotaph in Apex Park from 2019.

COMMEMORATION: The Anzac Day service at Nelson Bay Cenotaph in Apex Park from 2019.

Elsewhere for Anzac Day, Nelson Bay RSL Sub-Branch will conduct its mid-morning service in Apex Park, but both the dawn service and march from Nelson Bay Bowling Club have been withdrawn due to COVID restrictions.

At Medowie, a dawn service has been restricted to sub branch members only.

"We will, however, be flying the flag all day for anyone wanting to lay a wreath throughout the day," said president Ian Harding.

Raymond Terrace will begin the day with a 5.45am dawn service at the memorial precinct followed by a gunfire breakfast at the bowling club.

"The morning service will take place from 11am-11.40am, while the Seaham service at the Knitting Circle Memorial in Newline Road will go ahead from 9am. All services will comply with COVID-safe regulations," said Raymond Terrace RSL Sub-Branch president Vic Jones.

Last month the Minister for Health and Medical Research granted an exemption to the Public Health Order for the number of people permitted to attend Anzac Day services across NSW.

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