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ANZAC plans advance

LODDON RSL sub-branches are determined that ANZAC Day will be observed in local communities this year.

They are preparing options that will maximise participation, although traditional marches may not be held as COVID restrictions continue to limit most public gatherings.

Wedderburn president Roger Paterson said: “We will be commemorating ANZAC Day in some way.

“We will be discussing the format at length this week, whether we have a service that is ticketed as we must have a COVID-safe plan or some other form,” he said,

Mr Paterson said that at the very least, he expected community commemorations to possibly repeat Light Up the Dawn that replaced traditional services locally and around Australia last year.

Inglewood-Bridgewater secretary Bill Concol said two alternatives were in place for the sub-branch services. If strict state restrictions were in force, there would be no dawn services with residents encouraged to participate in Light Up the Dawn from their driveways or gateways.

An Inglewood service will go ahead with only the sub-branch president in attendance.

Mr Concol said if relaxed state restrictions were in place, they would allow 100 people at an outside gathering. “This would allow the Bridgewater dawn service at the Bridgewater Memorial Hall to go ahead.”

The Inglewood 11am service would go ahead preceded by the march.

Boort president Peter Haw said the town would commemorate ANZAC Day at the Boort Cenotaph with a restricted attendance service.

ANZAC Appeal tokens would be available from the local newsagency, post office and Rawlins’ Garage, he said.

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