THE Muswellbrook RSL Sub-Branch is readying itself for a busy week, with Anzac Day fast approaching.
A number of community events have been organised in town, as well as neighbouring Denman, to mark the occasion.
Muswellbrook RSL Sub-Branch president Greg Cole, and members of the Muswellbrook War Widows’ Guild Social Club, invites residents to attend the annual Anzac Field of Remembrance Service on Wednesday, April 18, from 11am.
That will be followed by a special ceremony for the elderly at the Calvary Retirement Community at Muswellbrook on Monday, April 23, at 10am.
The big event, of course, is Anzac Day on Wednesday, April 25.
The Dawn Service is scheduled at the Muswellbrook Cenotaph from 6am.
The march, along Bridge Street, gets underway at 10am, to be followed by a commemorative observance – also at the cenotaph.
“We’re looking forward to the day; and there’s been a lot of interest in it [Anzac Day], ever since the centenary anniversary and the involvement of school children,” Mr Cole said.
“Plus, I think the fantastic Beersheba acknowledgement [in 2017] has increased attention again.
“Our guest speaker in 2018 is Navy Warrant Officer John Menhenick.
“We’re hoping to have the Light Horsemen involved this year, too, along with a flyover during the ceremony.
“Also, in the spirit of Anzac Day, it’s well worth a visit to the Muswellbrook Regional Library where a collection of military memorabilia titled Remembering the Fallen, compiled by local resident Terry Gill, is on display.”
Meanwhile, in Denman, the Dawn Service will start from 6am at Memorial Park.
An Anzac Day Church ceremony then takes place at St Bernard’s Catholic Church, Paxton Street, at 11am to be followed by a march from the church to Memorial Park.
The commemorative service begins from noon.
6am: Dawn Service at Denman’s Memorial Park
11am: Anzac Day church service at St Bernard’s Catholic Church, to be followed by a March from the church to Memorial Park
Noon: Commemorative service at Memorial Park
6am: Dawn Service at Muswellbrook Cenotaph
10am: Anzac Day March along Bridge Street, followed by a commemorative service at the Cenotaph