Camden Anzac Day services to honour the fallen

Thousands of people are expected to flock to Camden on Wednesday, April 25 for the annual Anzac Day service.

Camden RSL Sub Branch will conduct five services over three days to commemorate the 103rd anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli.

The popular dawn service will be held at the Camden Bicentennial Equestrian Park Memorial at 5.15am sharp.

Sub branch president Iain Richard-Evan said everyone was welcome to attend.

“People come to remember ex-service men and women and to give thanks to those who are serving,” he said.

“A lot of our service men and women have lost their lives due to conflict and Anzac Day is a chance to commemorate their efforts.

“To me Anzac Day is very special – I am always exhausted on the day but I wouldn’t change it for the world. If I can help someone to share their story or to remember the fallen it is all worth it.”

The dawn service will be followed by the Camden Anzac Day march and community service.

Schools, bands, businesses, community groups and more will band together to march down Argyle Street from 10.30am.

The march will finish at the Camden Bicentennial Equestrian Park, for the commencement of the 2018 Camden Anzac Day Commemoration Service at 11am.

Mr Richard-Evan said everyone was welcome to lay a wreath at the ceremony.

“I think there is a misconception that you have to book to lay a wreath but you can bring one on the day and give it to one of the sub branch members before the ceremony and we will call you up to lay the wreath,” he said.

“People can also bring a book to lay at the memorial which will be donated to local school libraries after the service.”

Services will also be held at Camden Downs Retirement Village on Monday, April 23 from 10.30am, at Carrington Centennial Care on Tuesday, April 24 from 10.30am and at Wivenhoe Retirement Village on Tuesday, April 24 from 2.30pm.

Contact Mr Richard-Evan at beauley@bigpond.net.au or 0419 925 294 for more information.