A day of remembrance

REMEMBER: Former members of the Australian Army participate in the ANZAC Day March every year on April 25.
REMEMBER: Former members of the Australian Army participate in the ANZAC Day March every year on April 25.

The Whyalla Returned Services League (RSL) will once again be honouring those who lost their lives fighting for Australia.

An ANZAC Dawn Service will be held next Tuesday.at 6:10am at the Memorial Oval gates, with attendees encouraged to enjoy breakfast afterwards at the Whyalla RSL clubrooms.

President Kevin Higgins said there would be live entertainment provided at the club rooms.

“We will have a marquee with Graeme Stephenson (Just Me) performing, and good food, then at 10:15am we will form up to march off at half past,” he said.

“The Whyalla Community Brass Band will be performing during the march this year, the march is for anyone who has been in service – male or female.

“It’s also for anyone who has had family members or relatives they can wear the medals on their right hand side if they aren’t theirs.”

Mr Higgins said both Army and Navy cadets, Scouts, local schools, and many other groups would be involved with the event.

The main ANZAC service will be held following the march.

“I do have a surprise this year, I’m improving the service by having a local artist called Busker who will be performing an ANZAC Day song at the main service,” Mr Higgins said.

“It’s something completely different and I hope people like it, I’ll be conducting the introduction and after that Busker will perform.

“We will have a Commodore from the Royal Australian Navy who will be attending.”

Following the service members of the public are invited back to the RSL club rooms for lunch, which will be pie floaters.

“We had 500 people here last time, and I’m hoping we can get more to come – that’s why I’m adding new things to the service,” Mr Higgins said.

“People will see that we’re doing something different and it will make them want to come back next year,” he said.

A vigil will be held overnight on April 24 at the Memorial Oval gates, with a service beginning at 5:45pm. The vigil will last until 6am the following day.