A day to reflect and honour

Remembrance. Anzac Day services across Circular Head will be an opportunity to commemorate the anniversary of the initial landing at Gallipoli.

Dawn services will be held at Smithton, Stanley and Marrawah from 6am on Tuesday, main services will follow throughout the day.

Captain Gregory Laxton, of the Royal Australian Navy, will be a guest speaker at both Smithton and Marrawah’s main services.

The Smithton service will also hear from newly inducted rector, Joel Nankervis from the St Stephen’s Anglican Church for prayer readings, while the Smithton High School Student Elective Council will also speak during the formal proceedings. Hymns will be led by Jonathan Arnold and Tayla Dixon will sing the national anthem.

The day will also be an opportunity for the Circular Head RSL WWI Centenary Committee to unveil their latest project: remembrance seats that will add to the wartime memorials throughout the community and complement the silhouettes and mural at the Nelson Street street front.

Community donations, from the Smithton Lions Club, Soroptimist International of Circular Head, the family of Ray and Lexie Grey, and the RSL, have allowed for the seats.

“The committee is extremely grateful for the continued support from the community with donations and the overwhelming support that enable the committee to complete their projects,” member Lizzy Gale said.

The reflection seats will be adorned with silhouettes on the backs of the seats, a design collaboration between committee members and Darren Gorringe, of Pro Art Signs.

The committee has ongoing plans for further memorials at Anzac Park representing the Malaysian and Korean conflicts.

For Stanley’s main service, assemble at Church Street at 8.30am for the commencement of the march to begin proceedings at 9am.

Smithton main’s service will begin at 10.30am, assemble in Emmett Street half an hour prior.

The Marrawah service will conclude the day’s formal services, community members may assemble at Marrawah Tavern at 12pm to march to the 12.30pm service.

The Centenary Committee’s remembrance seats project will be unveiled at the Circular Head RSL at 2.30pm, all welcome.

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