Parramatta to honour the spirit of Anzac
City of Parramatta Council will honour the Anzac legend and the sacrifices of Australia’s military services with a series of workshops and audio-visual displays in the lead up to Anzac Day.
A feature of the 2017 commemorations will be remembering the service of more than 300,000 Australians who fought on the Western Front along the Belgian coast in 1917 through a host of school holiday activities, marches and services from 18-25 April.
“Thousands of men and women from our local community served the country in the First World War,” City of Parramatta Interim General Manager Greg Dyer said.
“The upcoming Anzac Day commemorations will present the perfect opportunity to unite as a community and pay tribute to the men and women who served, some of whom sacrificed their lives for our country as well as those who are currently serving in the armed forces.”
Council’s 2017 program will begin with craft and poppy making workshops from 18 – 21 April in Centenary Square, where members of the community can also mark the occasion at a World War I bi-plane building workshop or by writing postcards to send home from the frontline. Poppies will be added to the ‘river of poppies’ on the Royal Memorial Gates.
The stories of local ANZAC soldiers will come to life with an audio-visual projection along the sandstone façade of the historic St John’s Cathedral, displayed daily from 5:40pm to midnight. The projections will conclude at 11:59pm on 25 April.
A series of marches and services hosted by Parramatta and Epping RSLs include:
Epping Sunday Service, presented by Epping RSL
Sunday 23 April, 2pm
Epping Club followed by wreath laying at Boronia Park
Dawn Service, presented by Parramatta RSL
Tuesday 25 April
4am March from the Parramatta RSL Club
4:30am Dawn Service and wreath laying at Prince Alfred Square
Dawn Service, presented by Epping RSL
Tuesday 25 April
5:45am March from Cnr Blaxland and Epping Rds
6am Dawn Service at Forest Park, Epping
Parramatta RSL’s Anzac Day Dawn Service will feature the community-crafted poppy river as its backdrop at the Cenotaph in Prince Alfred Square.
“I encourage everyone to come along and join us at this year’s commemorations, and discover how the spirit of Anzac lives on in our community today,” Mr Dyer said.
More information on Council’s Anzac school holiday activities and dawn services can be found at www.cityofparramatta.nsw.gov.au/anzacday