Cowra prepares for Anzac Day 2013

The Cowra Anzac Day Organising Committee welcomes all participants and visitors, on behalf of the President and Members of the RSL Sub-Branch and the Mayor and Councillors of the Cowra Shire.

Dawn Service - 5.50am - participants form up in Bartlett Street, from where they will march to the Cenotaph in Brisbane Street for the Dawn Service at 6am. Following the service light refreshments will be provided for Ex-Servicemen and women and invited guests, in the sub-Branch rooms.

Cowra Police advise that motor vehicles should not be left overnight on the eastern side of Brisbane Street between Kendal and Bartlett Streets, i.e. in front of the Cenotaph.

War Cemetery - 9.30am - a short service at the Australian War Cemetery.

Parade Formation - 10.20am - at the Cenotaph, participants under the command of Parade Marshal Robert (Bob) Dooley, are to form up, in the pre-determined Order of March. Please respect the marshal's requests to "shunt" your contingent, if required.

Alamein Company of the Royal Military College, Duntroon is once again our Guard of Honour, the Company is commanded by CAPT G. Price.

The Catafalque Party will comprise of soldiers from Cowra's 6th Platoon, B Company, 1st/19th Battalion the Royal New South Wales Regiment under the command of LCPL Kyle Dawes.

A Land Rover will also be provided by the 1st/19th Battalion to convey disabled veterans in the march. Please speak to the driver if you require this assistance.

The Flag Party, consisting of flags, banners and pennants respective of those marching, will be provided by the Cowra Cadet Platoon, which is commanded by Lieutenant (ACC) Gary Saywell.

The Wreath Laying Service will commence when the Parade is assembled and when concluded, the march to River Park will take place.

The March: Marching to a designated point to conduct a commemorative service is traditional and symbolic. It originally provided soldiers with the opportunity to "march away from the battlefield to a quiet place where they could commemorate the loss of their comrades." Today the march is symbolic, but its meaning is not lost to those who returned.

River Park Service - 11am - officiating at the Service will be CAPT Louise Beamish, the Cowra RSL Sub-branch chaplain. Guest speakers will be two staff cadets from Alamein Company.

Mrs Gay Hilton will provide the vocal lead for the singing of hymns and the School Captains from St Raphael's and Cowra High will participate by reading from the Order of Service. In case of rain the River Park service will be conducted in the auditorium of the Cowra Services Club.

Railway Memorial - 12.15pm - a wreath laying service will be conducted at the Railway Memorial corner of Brougham and Campbell Streets by the Cowra National Servicemen Association.

Participants in the Parade are requested to wear full size medals and decorations. Miniatures should not be worn.

"Relatives of veterans" banner

We ask you to please note -

Children and relatives representing deceased veterans are invited to march, wearing the veterans' medals on their right breast, and are requested to fall in under the "Relatives of Veterans" Banner at the rear of the main contingent.

The Cowra RSL Sub-branch actively encourages relatives of deceased veterans to march on this special day.

However it is unsafe for our elderly veterans and for young children when they participate in the made parade contingent (Veterans' contingent) together.

Cowra RSL Sub-branch members will be selling Anzac Day badges and memorabilia on Wednesday April 24, 2013 in front of the Soul Patterson Chemist, Kendal Street Cowra. All monies collected will go to the RSL Welfare and Benevolent Fund.

Members of the public are invited to attend all commemorative events during the day and to display the Australian National Flag and hand wavers during the Ceremonies and March. Any further information may be obtained by contacting the Cowra RSL Sub-branch secretary on 6342 3540.

Anzac day 2012: veterans leading Cowra's traditional parade down Kendal St

Anzac day 2012: veterans leading Cowra's traditional parade down Kendal St