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Anzac Day is moving towards its next big centenary

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April 21, 2017

Anzac Day is just a week away and there are plenty of opportunities for the community to be involved.

ANZAC Day is just a week away and there are plenty of opportunities for the community to be involved.

And also to support the RSL’s build up to 2018 and the centenary of the end of World War I.

Starting with the centenary Anzac Day service in 2015, RSL sub-branches around the country have been focusing on the next major milestones in the history of Australia’s national celebration — 2018 and beyond April 25 to Remembrance Day and the end of the war.

On Tuesday at the Rochester Cemetery, the Dawn Service will be commemorated at 6am sharp, with everyone planning to attend the service asked to arrive and be in place before then.

Rochester RSL sub-branch president John Glover said the Dawn Service would be followed by the traditional Gunfire Breakfast at 6.30am at the cemetery — for a donation of $5 towards the RSL.

‘‘We will then relocate to Lockington for its annual Anzac Day march, which is due to step off at 8.45am,’’ Mr Glover said.

‘‘The march will then conclude at the community hall for a commemorative service.’’

Rochester’s march steps off at 10.45am — starting at the shire hall — and will be followed by a light luncheon for gold coin donations.

‘‘We invite the whole community to come out and show their support,’’ Mr Glover added.

At Elmore sub-branch president Jeffery Crust said the day’s services would begin with a Dawn Service at 6am in front of the town’s Memorial Hall, in Hervey St.

It will be followed by a march, stepping off at Railway Place at 10am and concluding at the Memorial Hall. It will be followed by refreshments for marchers and spectators.

A small sub-branch, now with fewer than 40 members, Elmore’s RSL was founded in 1918, the year World War I ended, making it one of the oldest in this part of Victoria.

Mr Crust said while Anzac Day is always the high point of the year, he expected 2018 to be something special.

‘‘We are not a big branch these days but we are planning on a pretty big event next year to celebrate our sub-branch centenary,’’ he said.

‘‘Final decisions on what form that event will take are still to be made but the two centenaries will be a significant time for us all.’’

Anyone wanting to know more about Elmore sub-branch’s Anzac Day services this year, or who wants to get involved with its 2018 centenary, can contact Mr Crust on 0407 580 044.

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