Anzac Day this Sunday will again be very different to many previous years.
COVID safe plans are in place, with RSL Sub-Branches reminding the public to adhere to the two metre spacing requirements.
The Shoalhaven program is -
Berry - A march will step off at 10.30am from outside the Berry RSL Sub-Branch Hall in Alexandra Street. Due to COVID safe planning, the march itself will be invite-only with uniformed ADF, veterans and wreath layers. Entry into the precinct will be via two control points on Alexandra Street/ Victoria Street intersection and one at Station Road, where people will be required to QR scan for entry. A commemorative service will start at approximately 10.45am and follow the standard format for previous years.
Bomaderry - At 5.45am a dawn service will be held at Walsh Memorial Park in Bomaderry which will be open to the public. At 10am a small wreath-laying memorial service will be held at the park.
Culburra Beach - A service will be held at midday at the memorial in the community centre located on IRT retirement village grounds. The service will go for about an hour.
Greenwell Point - The Nowra RSL Sub-Branch will hold a simplified commemoration at Anzac Park in Greenwell Point. The event will be roped off from the public to accommodate the invited participants and will start at 5.45am.
Huskisson - A march will start at 10.30am along Hawke Street with a service at Voyager Park at 11am.
Kangaroo Valley - No march, a slightly shorter service and wreath laying in front of the cenotaph on Moss Vale Road. The road will be closed between 9.30am and 11am. Bring your own chairs to ensure social distancing.
Nowra - The Nowra RSL Sub-Branch will hold an invitation-only wreath-laying service at the Nowra Showgrounds Soldier's Memorial Gates at 11am. The commemoration will take place in a roped off area from the public to accommodate the invited participants.
Shoalhaven Heads - A dawn service will take place at the Shoalhaven Heads Memorial Park just before 6am.
Sussex Inlet - Dawn service to be held at the Sussex Inlet RSL War Memorial on Jacobs Drive Sussex Inlet. The service starts at 6am. There will be no march or morning service, and attendance at the dawn service is by invitation only. A limited-seating Anzac Day luncheon will start at 11.30am and finish at 2.30pm at the Sussex Inlet RSL. Tickets for the luncheon will be $25 a head.
Ulladulla - A local Anzac Day event will be held in Ulladulla this year but there will not be a dawn service. The Milton Ulladulla ExServos Club and Milton Ulladulla RSL Sub-Branch will be having an Anzac Service at 11am on the front lawn and memorial gardens of the club. There will be a short march within the ExServos grounds for current and Ex-Serviceman only. It will start at 10.30am with the service to follow at 11am. Due to COVID restrictions, the gathering is limited to 1000 people in the area and everyone wishing to attend will need to register with Sticky Tickets and download and bring their ticket with them. There will be no service or march at Milton this year.
Special flyovers - A Royal Australian Air Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft, supersonic, stealth fighter, will perform flypasts at Berry and Nowra to commemorate Anzac Day and mark the RAAF's centenary on March 31. The F-35A Lightning II is a highly advanced multi-role, supersonic, stealth fighter, capable of reaching speeds of 1,960 km/h. The fighter is due to fly over the Nowra Showground Memorial Gates in Junction Street, at 10.15am and Berry Memorial Park in Alexandra Street at 10.30am.
No HMAS Creswell public service - One usual local service that won't go ahead for the public is at HMAS Creswell. The Royal Australian Naval College on the shores of Jervis Bay usually stages a dawn service for personnel and the local Jervis Bay community, but this year due to COVID concerns the service will not be open to the public. However, base personnel will undertake a private service.
Members of the community who are not attending a service are encouraged to replicate last year's 'Light Up the Dawn' service and gather in their driveways to commemorate fallen soldiers. They may also choose to lay wreaths at their local memorial throughout the day.
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