Church services delay Anzac march
THIS year’s Anzac Day march has been rescheduled due to a clash of sacred ceremonies that happens just once every seven years.
The City of Lismore RSL Sub-Branch has delayed the start of this year’s march for an hour so that veterans, their families and the greater community can attend their respective Sunday church services beforehand.
The march will now start at 10am, following a 9.30am assembly, at Browns Creek near Lismore Police Station.
Lismore Sub-Branch president Cecil Harris said the shift was in response to an approach by local churches.
“This is the first year we’ve had to consider this as it’s the first time Anzac Day has fallen on a Sunday since we changed the march to 9am,” he said.
“Most other branches kick off their marches at 10am but we had previously put the time back so we weren’t marching in the heat of the day.
Anglican chaplain to the Lismore Sub-Branch, Reverend Margaret Davis, said it was very important for churchgoers to be able to attend their respective services and be involved in Anzac Day.
“I consider it a sacred day because we’re remembering people who laid down their lives for their country and the people of this country,” she said.
Mr Harris reminded people coming to the march to be adequately prepared. “We’ve sent letters to schools advising kids to bring hats, sunscreen and water with them. We will also have volunteers distributing water,” he said.
Mr Harris stressed that children and family members were more than welcome regardless of recent media reports stating they would have to march at the rear.
“We’ve never had that problem in country areas – that’s more about logistical parade problems in the city,” he said.
Mr Harris has also put out the call for badge-sellers and other volunteers to render their assistance in the lead-up to the day.
Anyone interested in helping out should visit the Sub-Branch office at the Lismore Memorial Baths.
2010 Anzac Services
LISMORE: 9.30am assemble at Browns Creek near Lismore Police Station. 10am march down Molesworth Street to the Cenotaph outside Memorial Baths.
CASINO: 10am assemble at Graham Place near Casino Police Station. 10.15am march to the Memorial Wall at the Casino RSM Club.
BALLINA: 10am assemble at the Ballina Court House. 10.55am march to the Memorial Cenotaph.