Anzac spirit is alive

WITH Anzac Day this year falling outside the school holidays, it is expected that more school children will take part in the parades at Alstonville and Ballina.

And that's a good thing, said Ballina RSL Sub-Branch president Bill Moore.

Numbers of school children taking part in the local events has been increasing over the years, as has the attendance at dawn services and the main marches.

"It's got to be welcomed that people are participating to keep the spirit of Anzac Day alive with the declining number of ex-service people," Mr Moore said.

He said relatives of veterans are welcome to march in the Ballina Anzac Day parade.

He reminds anyone wanting to wear medals that relatives' medals are worn on the right breast, while those who were awarded medals wear them on the left.

The combined service clubs of Ballina will this year march as a group.

In Ballina, the fire brigade will sound the siren at 5am to mark reveille.

The times for the local services are:

Ballina

Dawn service at cenotaph: 5.30am

Service of Commemoration at East Ballina cemetery: 9.15am

Anzac march assembly: 10.15am

Anzac Day march: 10.30am

Commemoration service at the cenotaph: 10.55am

Alstonville

Dawn service at Elizabeth Ann Brown Park: 5.30am

March assembles at Paddy Bugden VC memorial: 9.20am

Commemoration service at Elizabeth Ann Brown Park: 10am.

There are several opportunities at Alstonville and Ballina for punters to play the diggers' game of two-up in the afternoon of Anzac Day.


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