Anzac ceremony aims to engage schoolchildren
A MORE engaging ceremony is what Maryborough RSL sub-branch president Bob Evans has said of Saturday's Anzac Day commemorative service.
"The mid-morning march will take a reverse route from the RSL this year, turning into Ellena St and then down Bazaar St to the Cenotaph," he said.
"And marching schoolchildren will be diverted into Queens Park to watch a televised relay of the ceremony, where they will remain following the service.
"The growing numbers of marchers has meant that schoolchildren have had to stop, some distance away from the Cenotaph, meaning they cannot see the service.
"This is a better option - they will be more engaged with the ceremony."
Mr Evans said current-serving crew members from HMAS Maryborough 2 will be in Maryborough for this year's service as the nation observes the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli.
"Commander Stephen Waring and 14 crew members, including Maryborough's John Cannan and William Milklward, will attend the unveiling of the Duncan Chapman statue in Queen's Park on Friday morning," he said.
"They will march behind the ex-naval servicemen."
The HMAS Maryborough 2 crew will also visit Granville State School in company with Rear Admiral Peter Quinn C.S.G., Maryborough's 2015 Anzac Day Reviewing Officer.
Rear Admiral Quinn will take the Salute at the Duncan Chapman statue after the ceremony.
Commemorative programs are available for a gold coin donation from the Maryborough RSL.