Richmond RSL Sub-Branch to host ANZAC Day War Memorial service

Paying respects: ANZAC Day 2021 will go ahead at Richmond War Memorial on Sunday, April 25. Picture: Geoff Jones
Paying respects: ANZAC Day 2021 will go ahead at Richmond War Memorial on Sunday, April 25. Picture: Geoff Jones

Richmond RSL Sub-branch will commemorate ANZAC Day 2021 with a Dawn Service to be held at the Richmond War Memorial, Richmond Park, from 5am on Sunday, April 25.

The Dawn Service will adhere to pre-COVID traditions, including a Catafalque Party (armed guard), keynote addresses and the laying of veteran and community wreaths.

Covered seating will be available for local dignitaries, veterans and older family members, who should arrive no later than 4.40am.

Community members are also invited to participate in the ceremony, ensuring that they follow current social distancing and other COVID restrictions. Richmond RSL Sub-branch also recommends that attendees carry personal hand sanitiser and a face mask, though the wearing of face masks is not mandatory.

Richmond RSL Sub-branch Secretary, Gillian Fletcher, said the Sub-Branch welcomed the many veteran and community groups who, each year, participate in this commemoration and lay wreaths in honour of our veterans.

"Richmond RSL Sub-branch will continue to appreciate community families and individuals who also seek to lay private wreaths to honour family members who have served, or are serving," Ms Fletcher said.

Richmond RSL Sub-branch will not commemorate ANZAC Day on the Sunday prior to ANZAC Day (April 18) with its traditional church service and March to the Richmond War Memorial. This is due to limited time to organise the event.