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Arrive early on ANZAC Day

PEOPLE have been urged to arrive ahead of starting times for ANZAC Day commemorations across the Loddon.

Wedderburn and Korong Vale sub-branch president Roger Paterson said early arrival would ensure COVID-safe protocols could be followed.

Mr Paterson said diggers did not want delays to the start of services, particularly the Dawn Stand-to.

People attending the 6.15am Wedderburn Dawn Service have been requested to enter the park through the gate on High Street with sign in by QR code preferred or by completing available forms.

He said people were also encouraged to Light up the Dawn.

“If you are not able to be present at the Dawn Service consider standing at your front gate or on the verandah with a candle to honour and remember the ANZACS,” Mr Paterson said.

Driveway and gateway tributes across the Loddon and Australia replaced traditional services last when when

COVID restrictions prohibited public gatherings.

At the conclusion of the Wedderburn Dawn Service a Gunfire Breakfast will be catered by the Lions Club of Wedderburn.

At 10am, a service will be held at Borella Park Korong Vale, followed by morning tea.

A modest traditional service will be held in Boort at 10am with wreaths being laid, flags raised and a minute silence. The traditional march has been cancelled along with the ceremony in the Boort Memorial Hall.

Sub-president president Paul Haw said at least 300 people attended most years “and we hope that this momentum is maintained”.

In Boort, ANZAC tokens will be available from the local Newsagent, Post Office and from Rawlins’ Garage.

“At this stage there will be no one sitting up the street selling tokens unless conditions improve,” Mr Haw said.

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