Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, Scot MacDonald MLC, today encouraged the local community to reflect on the service and sacrifice of Australia’s service personnel from all wars and conflicts this ANZAC Day.
A number of commemorative events hosted by the RSL will be held in the Hunter this year, as we continue to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War and other major events in Australia’s military history including:
- 5.00am Dawn Service – Cardiff RSL, 45 Macquarie Rd, Cardiff
- 5.00am Dawn Service – ANZAC Park, Tea Gardens
- 5.30am Dawn Service – Greta Cenotaph
- 5.30am Dawn Service – Apex Memorial Park, Nelson Bay
- 5.30am Dawn Service – WW1 Memorial, Maitland Park
- 5.45am Dawn Service – Cenotaph, cnr Mitchell and Hereford St, Stockton
- 5.45am Dawn Service – Memorial Park, cnr Piriwal St and Soldiers Rd, Pelican
- 6.00am Dawn Service – Speers Point Cenotaph
- 6.00am Dawn Service – Memorial Park, Karuah
- 6.00am Dawn Service – Lions Memorial Park, Medowie
- 7.00am Dawn Service – New Lambton War Memorial Gates
- 8.00am Main Service – ANZAC Park War Memorial, Teralba
- 9.00am Main Service – Cenotaph, cnr Mitchell and Hereford St, Stockton
- 9.20am Main Service – Memorial Park, 56 Cessnock Rd, Weston
- 10.00am Main Service – Cullen Park, Ada St, Belmont
- 10.00am Main Service – Greta Cenotaph
- 10.45am Main Service – Lambton Bowls, Sport and Recreation Club, Karoola Rd
- 10.50am Main Service – Apex Memorial Park, Nelson Bay
- 11.25am Main Service – WW1 Memorial, Maitland Park
Mr MacDonald encouraged the Hunter community to take the time to pause and remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
“This day gives us all an opportunity to show our eternal gratitude for their service and for the freedoms that we enjoy every day,” said Mr MacDonald.
Travel on public transport to and from Anzac Day events is free for current and ex-Australian Defence Force personnel in uniform, wearing their medals or have proof of military service. Veteran’s families, carers, widows and widowers also travel free.
Across the state, the NSW Government’s Soil Collection Program is taking samples of soil from 1699 places where people enlisted for the Great War. They will be displayed at the refurbished Anzac War Memorial in Hyde Park in 2018.
Visit www.centenaryofanzac.nsw.gov.au for information on commemorative activities taking place throughout NSW.
Scot MacDonald | 02 9230 2393