Young will commemorate a different kind of Anzac Day dawn service

Young RSL sub-branch president John Walker says Young will commemorate Anzac Day this year. Photo: file
Young RSL sub-branch president John Walker says Young will commemorate Anzac Day this year. Photo: file

Young residents will be encouraged to stand at the end of their driveway to commemorate a different kind of dawn service this Anzac Day.

Young RSL sub-branch is supporting the idea which gathered momentum on social media after marches and services were cancelled by RSL NSW amid coronavirus concerns.

While not yet confirmed, the Last Post and Reveille may be sounded from central Young to coincide with the driveway tribute at dawn, and Young Memorial Tower will chime at 6am.

Young RSL sub-branch president John Walker says Young will commemorate Anzac Day.

"Young will be commemorating Anzac Day and respecting both valour, pride and unselfishness of the Anzac's but also the community discipline and resilience amid the challenges of 2020," Mr Walker said.

"I am still awaiting confirmation to refine that [bugle calls] further but it is fitting that Young Memorial Tower will chime at 6am as a very significant tribute to our World War I veterans."

Mr Walker says there'll be opportunity to lay wreaths at Anderson Park cenotaph, however urges people to follow the government's health safety restrictions.

"We can't create crowds but we can still commemorate the occasion. We'll look to put racks out at Anderson Park, even though we can't have a crowd, to give people an opportunity to lay a wreath in their own time," he said.

"I think it can be done by staying within the limitations, not creating a crowd, keeping a distance from one another and at all times staying within by the government's strict public health regulations for the COVID-19 pandemic."

Mr Walker also acknowledged and congratulated residents of the community who are promoting the driveway tribute on social media.

Ex-army member and resident of Young James Wall said a Facebook group named Young NSW Driveway Anzac Day Dawn Service 2020 had been created to gain support from members of the public.

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