COVID restrictions will see a changed ANZAC day this Sunday (April 25) with the biggest Anzac Day Dawn Service outside the Sydney CBD not happening.
Thousands normally attend the Castle Hill RSL Sub-branch dawn service but it won’t be held at the Centenary of Anzac Reserve at Wright’s Road this year because of the size of the crowd it normally attracts.
While some suburbs will be holding invitation or ticketed events, others will be holding COVID-safe events for their community.
RICHMOND: Richmond RSL Sub-branch will commemorate ANZAC Day 2021 with a Dawn Service to be held at the Richmond War Memorial, Richmond Park, from 5am on Sunday, April 25.
The Dawn Service will adhere to pre-COVID traditions, including a Catafalque Party, keynote addresses and the laying of veteran and community wreaths.
Covered seating will be available for local dignitaries, veterans and older family members, who should arrive no later than 4.40am. Community members are also most welcome to participate in the ceremony, ensuring that they follow current social distancing and other COVID restrictions.
Richmond RSL Sub-branch also recommends that attendees carry personal hand sanitiser and a face mask. The wearing of face masks is not mandatory.
Richmond RSL Sub-branch welcomes the many veteran and community groups who, each year, participate in this commemoration and lay wreaths in honour of our veterans. Richmond RSL Sub-branch will continue to appreciate community families and individuals who also seek to lay private wreaths to honour family members who have served, or are serving.
CASTLE HILL/KELLYVILLE: There will be no ANZAC Day Dawn Service at the Centenary of Anzac Reserve off Wrights Road, Castle Hill this year.
Thousands normally attend the Dawn Service (the second largest gathering in NSW) on the playing fields opposite Kellyville Plaza shops but COVID restrictions, limiting attendance, have forced the Castle Hill RSL Sub-branch to change arrangements for this year’s event.
President of Castle Hill RSL Sub-branch David Hand said they are encouraging people to hold a “Light up the Dawn” with their family and neighbours on Sunday instead.
Paul Garai from Castle Hill sub-branch said: “Light Up the Dawn is continuing as the new tradition for ANZAC Day, and in 2020 residents gathered in driveways and front yards across the district to reflect and remember those who served.
Residents are invited to send photos of their Light up the Dawn event for publication to: firstname.lastname@example.org
KENTHURST: There will be a short march from the Caltex Service Station on Nelson St at 8.45am led by the Governor Macquarie Memorial Pipe Band to John Benyon Rotary Park on Kenthurst Rd where a service will start at 9am. The event is being organised by Kenthurst Rotary Club.
ANNANGROVE: A service will be held at 11am at Annangrove Park on Annangrove Rd on Sunday April 25 at 11am organised by the Annangrove Progress Association.
WINDSOR: There will be a controlled event held by Windsor and District RSL Sub-branch at 5.50am at MacQuade Park. The event is invitation only.
RIVERSTONE: The Riverstone-Schofields RSL sub-branch will be holding a private ANZAC Day service.
GALSTON: ANZAC dawn service will be held at 6am on Sunday April 25 at the Galston Cenotaph. Everyone will be seated and have to register on arrival.
GLENORIE: The ANZAC Dawn Service will be held at the Glenorie Cenotaph and Memorial Gardens at 6am. It will be a ticketed event as the maximum allowed is 250.
WISEMAN’S FERRY: The ANZAC Day march will be from Wiseman’s Ferry Public School to the Memorial before a 10.30am service.