ANZAC Day celebrations across Australia will be more subdued this year as many ease their way back into the new normal post COVID. While many will stay at home – a drop of approximately 14% from 2019 according to a recent online survey of 1000 over 18s, around seven in every ten in regional Australia will attend.
With ANZAC Day still holding special significance in rural areas, Forbes is expected to acknowledge the day with special events throughout the day.
The Forbes dawn service will begin at 5:30am at the Cenotaph, Victoria Park, Harold Street Forbes. Marchers will form up at 5:15am in front of Club Forbes (Forbes Services Memorial Club) 41-43 Templar Street, Forbes and at 5:20am proceed up to the Cenotaph, Harold Street.
At 10:30am, the march will begin at west end Cross St., then south along Lachlan St., east into Court St. and right (south) into Harold St. stopping at Victoria Park and Cenotaph. The service goes for approximately 35 minutes and includes but is not restricted to the following: Prologue, Hymns, Prayers, Commemoration Address, Commemoration for the Fallen, Wreath laying, Last Post, Ode, Reveille and ‘Advance Australia Fair’.
‘ANZAC’ stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. On the 25th of April 1915, Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of the allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula. These became known as Anzacs and the pride they took in that name continues to this day.