Tamworth RSL sub-branch president Jayne McCarthy has backed NSW RSL's move to scrap Anzac Day services this year following concerns surrounding the coronavirus outbreak.
RSL NSW made the decision to cancel all public Anzac Day services after the Australian government introduced new measures - which included the banning of non-essential gatherings of more than 500 people - to fight the spread of COVID-19.
Mrs McCarthy said the safety of the public was the priority.
"Despite what we think, we have to do what's best for the public," Mrs McCarthy said.
"The large part of our cohort is elderly and we have to be careful.
"We have to keep everyone's safety in mind. It's better to be safe, than sorry."
RSL NSW acting president Ray James informed the public of the decision on Monday and said the risk was "simply too high".
"Given the significant concerns around the spread of COVID-19, it would be irresponsible to allow such large gatherings as we see each year on Anzac Day to go ahead," he said.
"This is not a decision we have taken lightly.
"The RSL has a responsibility to act in the best interests of veterans and the general public.
"In these uncertain times we must follow the advice of medical experts and do everything we can to protect the community.
"This acknowledges the fact that most Anzac Day events are open to all members of the community and therefore have the potential to attract crowds of over 500 people."
He said the day would still be marked with the exact format still to be finalised.
"Anzac Day as a marker of our respect and admiration for Anzacs past and present will still be observed," Mr James said.
"Exactly what form this will take will be different from previous years, but as custodians of commemoration, the RSL will still honour the service and sacrifice of our brave servicemen and women.
"In these challenging times, we will remember them."
Mr James said RSL NSW would provide further updates on other Anazc Day-related activities including fundraising in the coming days.
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