“IT’S an exceptional service for the community” is how Scone RSL Sub-Branch president Val Quinell sums up the town’s Anzac Day ceremony.
Ex-servicemen and women, residents, school students, Scouts, police and SES members will join forces on Tuesday, April 25, to honour those who sacrificed their lives for our nation.
“It’s usually a pretty big event,” Mr Quinell said.
“We’re expecting in the vicinity of 2000 to 3000 locals and visitors.
“Even the numbers at our Dawn Service, which starts from 6am at the War Memorial Swimming Pool, have progressively increased over the past few years.
“I think it’s because people are more aware of the significance of Anzac Day these days.”
The march, which travels from the Belmore Hotel to the War Memorial at Barwick House, is scheduled to step off at 10.45.
But, the unique feature of the commemoration takes place at 11am.
“Pay’s Air Service delivers a fly-over and, hopefully, we’ll see a Mustang, a Harvard and a Tiger Moth this year,” Mr Quinell said.
“It’s been going for a while but it’s certainly one of the highlights of Scone’s Anzac Day program.
“And, it makes us a bit special.
“We’re also thrilled the community bands together to support the occasion.
“The Scouts provide a meal at lunch – and do a great job.
“Hunter Valley Local Area Command and the SES assist with traffic control, to block off Kelly Street for the march.
“Everyone pitches in, which is terrific.
“We’re really looking forward to next Tuesday.”
Other Upper Hunter services are planned for Aberdeen, Cassilis, Gundy, Merriwa and Murrurundi.
Anzac Day at Scone:
6am: Dawn Service – War Memorial Swimming Pool
10.30am: Assemble at Kelly Street
11am: Fly-over of former military aircraft and Remembrance Service – War Memorial at Barwick House, Kelly Street