Honouring the fallen

REMEMBRANCE begins across the region with the cold dawn light quietly ushering in another sombre Anzac Day.

Residents and families of Moonby House and Nazareth House began their Anzac Day commemorations yesterday.

This allows the residents, many of whom have served, to remember their mates before Anzac Day and to get involved in services and marches on the day if they wish.

It should be a fairly mild start for those attending the dawn service in Tamworth, with 11 degrees forecast for the morning and a top of 27 degrees.

The rain will hopefully hold off until commemorations have wrapped up, but there is a possible shower forecast, so don’t forget to pack an umbrella to watch the marches and attend services.

The main Tamworth commemoration service at 10.45am will feature former Tamworth man Captain Jason Sears, Royal Australian Navy.

He is the director of international logistics at Joint Logistic Command where he negotiates regional treaties and arrangements with different countries.

Captain Sears is also the chair of the Australian and New Zealand working group and the United Nationals Logistics Working Group.

He is wearing his grandfather’s, Robert Gaynor, medals today.

Captain Sears will speak about the sacrifice of Anzac Day, including that of the men, families and the sacrifice that all servicing families make, and the sacrifice of those in Afghanistan.

After his Tamworth duties, Captain Sears travels to Manilla, representing the Chief of Navy, to present a unit citation for the HMAS Yarra to Janine Avery whose father served on the ship.

For those wanting to hit the shops after remembrance services, Anzac Day is a restricted shop trading day in NSW until 1pm. 

This means shops cannot open for customers until after this time.

The shops that are allowed to trade before 1pm are small shops, hotels, those that have an existing exemption to trade and there are special provisions for takeaway liquor stores.

Chemists may be open in Tamworth prior to 1pm, and clubs and hotels open early for Anzac Day breakfasts and gatherings.

Council services and banks will be closed, as will most small businesses.

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