Many people living in outer western Sydney will likely remember waking up at the crack of dawn last year to pay their respects to the ANZACs from the end of their driveway.
It was an ANZAC Day like no other, where normal services and events weren’t able to take place in light of COVID-19 lockdowns.
Fortunately, there are no lockdowns this year and services will be going ahead, however there are still some restrictions in place.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions there will be reduced capacity at Dawn Services held by RSL sub-branches.
Priority will be given to current and past serving members and their families, which means that others are being urged to pay their respects from the comfort of their homes and live stream a service via YouTube.
City of Penrith RSL Sub-Branch
- Penrith RSL Sub-Branch will be holding a silent march and service commencing at 4.45am that will go around to Memory Park. This will be followed by a full service around there with up to 500 seated guests.
- Returned servicemen or women or their carers must register with the Sub-Branch in order to march or attend the service. Those who register will receive a wristband for entry, providing access to Memory Park and Woodriff St and breakfast afterwards.
- There will be revised viewing areas at the Dawn Service and strictly limited numbers. You must register using the QR code found at the Penrith RSL’s website – www.penrithrsl.com.au/anzac-day/. The Sub-Branch respectfully asks that you should only attend the service if you are a family associate of an ex-military member.
- Those who visit the Penrith RSL can watch the live stream there and stay on to enjoy a full day of commemoration, enjoying breakfast, entertainment & live music.
St Marys RSL Sub-Branch
- St Marys RSL Sub-Branch will hold a Dawn Service at the Guns War Memorial starting at 5am.
- All local serving and ex-service persons along with their families are welcome to attend as are, by invitation only, limited representatives from schools, sporting and community organisations.
- Those not invited are being asked to watch the live service remotely via the St Marys RSL Sub-Branch Facebook page. The service will remain on Facebook for those who would like to reflect on the meaning of ANZAC in their own time.
- The St Marys Diggers Club will be open for business at the conclusion of the Dawn Service.
For those who would like to rise early on ANZAC Day and pay their respects, you can catch the City of Penrith RSL Sub-Branch Dawn Service at http://livestream.com/blive/penrithrslanzacservice while the St Marys RSL Sub-Branch will have a live video on their Facebook page from 5am on Sunday 25 April.
Alternatively you can also head to the Penrith City Council Facebook page where they will be sharing both streams.
Lest we forget.