The Canowindra RSL Sub-Branch would like to thank everyone for their participation in Anzac Day Services 2019. We estimated over 300 people attended the Dawn Service with many visiting from out of town for the Balloon Festival. The march and main service was again well attended even though it was during school holidays. In a town of only 2,000 residents it is a testament to the spirit of ANZAC that is evident in our town.
This year’s guest speaker was Warrant Office Geoffrey Coady who grew up in Canowindra, and I am sure his Mum and Dad enjoyed having him home on leave.
It was also wonderful to see some of our current serving personnel home with their families to commemorate this special occasion. Although Anzac Day is organised by the Canowindra RSL Sub-Branch it would not be possible without the assistance of so many from our community.
The Sub-Branch would like to thank the Canowindra Services and Citizens Club for their continued support, not only on Anzac Day but throughout the year. We also thank the Senior Leaders from Canowindra High School for assisting to serve breakfast after the Dawn Service, Lawrence’s IGA for the donation of bread, margarine and all important Vegemite for the Dawn Service breakfast, Canowindra Fire Brigade who every year help to set up the Park with tables and chairs, the Rivers Rd RFS Brigade assisting with closing the road for the march and the Canowindra and Cowra Police who assist us with the safety of the march.
Thank you also to Dei Curtis and Canowindra High School for the use of the piano and to Helen Payten who played for us this year. To Con from Canowindra Taxi Service, who provides transport for those who can no longer march to still participate in the march, to Warren Hogan for driving the jeep, kindly lent by Ann Vincent. Robert Byrnes and Richard Statham, our drum corps and to all those who joined in the march.
Thank you to Cabonne Council for always having the Park in good condition for the day, and to the members of the Sub- Branch who, with me, work to make the day the best it can be.
By Christine Sampson
Canowindra RSL Sub-Branch