There will be two ANZAC day services in Yass, both at the Yass Cenotaph outside the Memorial Hall this year.

The first service will be the Dawn Service at 6am, followed later in the morning by the Main Commemorative Service at 11am.

Unfortunately, to make the day as safe as possible, there will be no Gunfire Breakfast, no March and no ANZAC Day Luncheon.

World War Two veteran and 100-year-old Yass resident John Cockburn will be the guest of honour on the day.

The services will be broadcast by Yass FM and will be available on Zoom through the following details:

Zoom Meeting ID 843 9953 2971  Passcode YASSRSL

Wee Jasper students lay a wreath. Feature photo credit and above: Southerly Jones

At Murrumbateman, the ceremony will start at 9:30 am at Jones Park, followed by morning tea at Murrumbateman Country Inn, courtesy of Murrumbateman Lions Club. The usual Anzac Day two-up event will take place at the Inn from noon.

The Sutton Public School will hold a Dawn Service beginning at 5:45am sharp.

Binalong’s Service will be at 10:00am at the memorial in the garden at Fitzroy Street, with a gathering following at Hotel Binalong.

Bowning’s Dawn Service will be held at the Bowning War Memorial, with visitors expected to be seated and ready by 5:40am.

At Wee Jasper there will be a community procession from the Coodravale side of the Wee Jasper Bridge at 9:30am lead by students, teachers and parents from the Wee Jasper Public School. The procession will follow the traditional route up the main street of the Wee Jasper Village to the Wee Jasper Memorial Hall.

There will be no formal ANZAC Dawn Service in Gundaroo, but the Gundaroo War Memorial will be floodlit from 5:30am with the opportunity for people to pause and reflect at the memorial, and lay a sprig, red poppy or wreath on behalf of their family or organisation.

Whilst it would be nice for everything to be back to normal, with last year’s ANZAC Day services restricted for most to the driveway, being able to attend a service at all this year is a reminder of how lucky we are to live in this great country, a country our ANZAC soldiers fought to protect many years ago.

Max O’Driscoll

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