MEDIA RELEASE: THE 2019 SPIRIT OF ANZAC WILL BE ON KATHERINE TERRACE

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MEDIA RELEASE: THE 2019 SPIRIT OF ANZAC WILL BE ON KATHERINE TERRACE

posted 29-Mar-2019

Joint Statement By
Katherine Town Council and Katherine RSL-Sub Branch

THE 2019 SPIRIT OF ANZAC WILL BE ON KATHERINE TERRACE

2019 ANZAC Day will be commemorated in the true spirit of the ANZACs, with a Dawn Service at the Katherine Cenotaph, commencing 06:00 hrs on 25th of April 2019.

As a result of meetings held earlier this week between all parties, we can confirm that the associated community march will commence at 09:00 hrs, with step off at the eastern end and march along Katherine Terrace breaking off at the Cenotaph. This march will be proudly supported by personnel from RAAF Base Tindal, Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, Northern Territory Police and RSL and we welcome the involvement of all in the community who wish to march.

The RSL will be hosting the proposed traditional Gunfire Breakfast from 05:00 hrs at the Katherine Club, on O’Shea Terrace and the breakfast at the conclusion of the Dawn Service.

A special memorial dedication for fallen soldier Private Scott Palmer will be conducted at the Cenotaph after the march at 09.40 hrs.  The Katherine Community is then invited back to the Katherine Club to help celebrate the day with light refreshments and traditional two up.

In a joint decision between Katherine RSL-Sub Branch and Katherine Town Council, the 10:00 hrs service held in past years will no longer occur. Across Australia, New Zealand and indeed across the globe, ANZAC services are always traditionally held at Dawn, where the true essence of ANZAC Day is captured.

Katherine RSL and Katherine Town Council believe the 09:00 hrs march will have a wider appeal and encourage greater numbers to participate.

How do I register my participation for ANZAC Day?

The Katherine RSL Sub-Branch will be your point of contact for those wishing to participate in the march and/or to lay wreaths at the Dawn Service. 

The RSL can be contacted via email katherine@rslsa.org.au; or by calling the RSL President 0407 130 096 or RSL Secretary 0407 130 095.

We acknowledge the support of the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics and Northern Territory Police in assisting with traffic management. Variable speed signs will be placed on Katherine Terrace to ensure the safety of our residents who will be crossing the main road during the event. We ask all to take extreme care when crossing roads.