AS morning broke on that day, 25 April 1915, Australian and New Zealand soldiers rowed towards the shores of Gallipoli, into hellish gunfire – and into history.
Every year since, as dawn breaks on that day, Australians gather across the nation to remember the legacy of the ANZACS, and the legacy of those who have followed them.
The Hinchinbrook community will this year commemorate the service and sacrifice of Australian servicemen and women at several ANZAC Day dawn services and parades across the district.
After the Covid-19 lockdown halted services across the nation in 2020, this year the RSL invites Australians to unite safely and honour and thank our nation’s veterans at local commemorations on Sunday 25 April 2021.
Services listing in the Ingham District:
Ingham Dawn Parade
All ex-servicemen and women are invited to attend the dawn parade assembling at the mafeking tree, opposite the police station, Ingham at 4:15 am.
At the conclusion of the service, all those attending are invited to the RSL clubrooms for coffee.
RSL Remembrance Ceremony at Ingham
This ceremony, which is conducted by the Herbert River sub-branch of the RSL, will take place at the Ingham War Cemetery, commencing at 6 am.
Halifax Parade and Commemoration Ceremony
Schools and local organisations are invited to participate in the Halifax Parade and Commemoration Ceremony. All marchers taking part in the parade are requested to assemble at 8:10 am at the Halifax State School in Victoria Terrace, under the direction of the parade marshall, Mr Gordon Schmierer.
The parade will move at 8:15 am, march along the main street of Halifax to Rupp’s corner and return to the war memorial where a wreath laying ceremony will take place.
Forrest Beach Parade and Commemoration Ceremony
Individuals, schools, and local organisations are invited to participate in the Forrest Beach Progress Association Parade and Commemoration Ceremony. All marchers taking part in the parade are requested to assemble under the direction of the parade marshall, Mr Richard Scobie, in Corbett Park near the Forrest Beach Sutf Life Saver Club at 6:50 am.
The parade will move at 7 am and march along Palm Street to the memorial site in Progress Park where a wreath laying ceremony will take place. Light refreshments will be provided after the ceremony.
Ingham Parade and Commemorations Ceremony
Schools and local organisations are invited to participate in the Anzac Day parade and are requested to assemble under the direction of the parade marshall, Captain Felix Reitano Retd. in Rotary Park, adjacent to the old Barra Motors building, at 9:20 am to march on the northern lane of Herbert Street into Palm Terrace to the Cenotaph where the commemoration ceremony will follow. Wreaths will be placed on the Cenotaph and the Last Post and Reveille sounded. The parade will then be dismissed at the completion of the service.
Business people in the Shire are encouraged to display flags which are to be flown at half-mast from 8 am until noon and at the masthead for the remainder of the day.
The Herbert River sub-branch of the RSL respectfully suggests that persons considering the laying of wreaths give consideration to the substitution of an inscribed book either instead of, or as well as, a wreath. These books will then be presented to local schools for inclusion in their libraries as a lasting memento of the ceremony.
‘Light Up the Dawn’ from home
If you are unable to commemorate our veterans by attending a traditional service at your local cenotaph, you can honour them personally from your home.
Light Up the Dawn was an idea which originated within the Australian community as a result of the cancellation of Anzac commemorative services around the country last year.
The idea was supported and promoted across Australia in a year of great challenge and change, where the country stood united in uniforms and pyjamas, wearing medals and poppies to let Australia’s veterans know that their service and sacrifice will never be forgotten.
Based on the tremendous community response to the initiative last year, the RSL will again help Australians to come together in 2021, in their driveways, on their balconies or in their living rooms at 6 am to commemorate Australia’s deeply held ANZAC traditions.
RSL Queensland will produce a shortened personal service and participation kits for use across the community.
If you are interested in commemorating in this way, go to the RSL Queensland website for more information on how you can be involved – https://lightupthedawn.com.au/
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old.
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning –
We will remember them.