Veterans march to beat of familiar drum

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Music from multiple instruments will accompany the Millicent Anzac Day marchers for the first time in decades.

Veterans, next-of-kin, uniformed emergency services personnel and other marchers will move in step to a bagpiper and drummers along a closed George Street in the mid-morning of Monday, April 25.

After COVID-related restrictions in the past two years, the Millicent RSL can again stage a community breakfast in association with the Millicent Lions Club.

The Anzac Day Dawn Service commences at 6am at the Millicent Cross of Sacrifice with breakfast at the Millicent RSL War Memorial Clubrooms immediately after.

All Dawn Service attendees are invited.

The mid-morning commemoration commences with the parade down George Street at 10.45am and the service at the Cross of Sacrifice at approximately 11am.

The parade will include the Naracoorte Troop of the Australian Light Horse Association and a small band.

Community members are invited to place wreaths and other tributes at the mid-morning service.

Anzac Appeal badges and other items will be for sale outside Millicent supermarkets leading up to Anzac Day and at the services on Anzac Day.

A Millicent RSL spokesman has asked for public support of this appeal as all funds raised go towards providing much needed services for military veterans.

“The past two years have seen smaller than average numbers at the Anzac Day services in Millicent due to COVID restrictions,” the spokesman said.

“This year, we would like to see a large turnout, both at the services and breakfast.

“Please come along and help us to commemorate the service and sacrifices of our military brethren, many of whom may have been your relatives.”

Meanwhile, the Beachport commemoration of Anzac Day will be staged at the foreshore war memorial rotunda at dawn and will also be followed by a community breakfast.

The events are arranged by the Lions Club of Beachport and Rivoli Bay

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