Healesville and Yarra Glen RSLs sponsor Anzac Day remembrance activities

The Yarra Glen and Healesville RSLs are again commemorating the anniversary of Anzac Day on Thursday 25 April. Picture: ON FILE

On Thursday April 25, the Yarra Glen and Healesville RSLs are again commemorating the anniversary of Anzac Day.

The Yarra Glen RSL is planning for local events, beginning with a parade from the Yarra Glen Police Station and continuing to the Cenotaph in the McKenzie Reserve on Anzac Avenue.

There will be a remembrance ceremony at the Cenotaph, to be followed by a reception in the Memorial Hall.

Featured speakers are students from the Yarra Glen, Yering and Christmas Hills Primary Schools.

The Yarra Glen Primary School Choir will perform musical tributes during the service.

Members of the public who wish to place a wreath or flowers to commemorate the sacrifices of deceased veterans are welcome to participate, and they should contact Yarra Glen RSL secretary Ed Bartosh, in advance of the day to make arrangements.

The parade will start at 10.15am, and the service will commence at approximately 10.30 am. Ex-service personnel and members of the public are invited for refreshments after the service.

A sausage sizzle to support the Anzac Appeal is supported by the Yarra Glen and District Men’s Shed.

Also, the Yarra Glen Sub-Branch will be offering Anzac Appeal items at the Ritchies Yarra Glen IGA on Thursdays prior to Anzac Day to raise funds for the RSL welfare activities.

Every cent collected for the tokens goes directly into the RSL Patriotic Funds General Appeals.

The Returned and Services League of Australia, Yarra Glen Sub-Branch holds regular meetings on the third Sunday of each month at 10.00am at the Memorial Hall.

Its mission is to support the well-being and betterment of the members, former and serving members of the ADF and their dependants, with the provision of welfare and commemorative services and, where appropriate, contribute to the worthy needs within the community.

For more information on the events or membership in the RSL, please contact Ed Bartosh at 0438 508 235.

The Healesville RSL is proud to commemorate the service of the local veterans and currently serving community on Anzac Day.

The dawn service will commence at 5.45am at the Healesville RSL, followed by the traditional Gun Fire breakfast (gold coin donation).

March participants are requested to form up from 9.30am on the high side of Church Street, between Verso Books and the old mower shop (no longer there).

The march itself will commence at 10am.

This year, the Healesville RSL has been successful in its request for a flyover by 100 Squadron.

This is subject to weather conditions, however all going well, the 100 Squadron should fly down main street at approximately 10.15am, while the march is underway.

The march forms up at the Memorial Hall cenotaph for the morning service commencing at approximately 10.30am.

The morning service should be complete by approximately 11am, at which time the Healesville RSL cordially invites the community to enjoy lunch and the AFL football match in the afternoon.