Remembering the fallen

Remembering the fallen: A soldier stands motionless during the Ingleburn RSL Sub Branch dawn service last year. Picture: Chris Lane

Remembering the fallen: A soldier stands motionless during the Ingleburn RSL Sub Branch dawn service last year. Picture: Chris Lane

Organisers behind Ingleburn and Campbelltown Anzac Day services have encouraged locals to attend Campbelltown memorials to pay their respects.

Ingleburn will again be first cab off the rank, with the Ingleburn RSL Sub Branch’s dawn service scheduled for 5am.

The traditional march along Wagtail Crescent and Wrabler Avenue towards the  Ingleburn RSL Sub Branch Memorial Garden – where the service is held – will be held beforehand.

In Campbelltown the Mawson Park dawn service will begin at 5.45am with the parade to begin at 8.40am.

A second service will be also be held in Mawson Park at 9.15am.

Local sub-branch presidents had been encouraged by the number of people who had turned up to the services in the last few years.

Ingleburn RSL Sub Branch president Ray James said the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing had sparked a large amount of interest in Anzac Day among the younger generations.

And he said the increase in interest had resulted in bigger crowds at dawn services.

“Last year again we had a big turn-out from the community – particularly schools,” he said,

“I’ve been very impressed with the interest people have been showing. I’ve already fielded a lot of calls from people wanting to know about this year’s service.

“Ingleburn and the surrounding areas are growing and the population is enhancing the Anzac legend, which is very pleasing.”

Lest we forget: The sun rises on a soldier at the Ingleburn RSL Sub Brancgh dawn service last year. Picture: Chris Lane

Lest we forget: The sun rises on a soldier at the Ingleburn RSL Sub Brancgh dawn service last year. Picture: Chris Lane

His sentiments were echoed by Campbelltown RSL Sub Branch president Dutchy Holland.

“We have been ecstatic with the turn-out at the services and march,” he said.

“I’m really encouraged to see school aged children because let’s face it, they are our future.”

Mr Holland encouraged Campbelltonians who hadn’t been to a service recently to attend one this year.

“It’s not about us who are still living. It’s about remembering those who have passed, who made this country what it is today,” he said.

“If that’s not a good enough reason to turn up then I don’t know what is.”

This year’s services will also hold extra significance with the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba occurring in 2017.

Mr James said members of the community could also pay their respects to fallen soldiers on any other day during the year.

“The park (where the service is held) is a community asset. We encourage all to to attend the annual memorial services and to visit (the memorial garden) anytime,” he said.

Marching on: Veterans marching in the Anzac Day parade along Queen Street in Campbelltown. Picture: Jeff McGill

Marching on: Veterans marching in the Anzac Day parade along Queen Street in Campbelltown. Picture: Jeff McGill

Details: visit ingleburnrslsubbranch.com.au and campbelltownrsl.com.au.