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2015 Anzac march to draw a crowd

By Billie Harrison – Port Lincoln Times Feb. 17, 2015, 8 a.m.
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THIS year’s Anzac Day march through Port Lincoln will be the biggest the city has seen in recent years with veterans and their families from around the region expected to take part to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings.

RSL members from around the region and the wider community will be invited to watch or take part in the march after their own dawn services.

Port Lincoln RSL president Garry Johnston said the RSL would like to see as many next of kin of veterans from any conflict as possible taking part in the Port Lincoln march, which had been moved to 11am to give people time to travel to Port Lincoln.

Mr Johnston said due to the special significance of this year’s Anzac Day, people had already been asking who could take part in the march, who could wear medals and how they should be worn.

He said people wearing their own medals should wear them on their left breast and state-based or unofficial medals should be worn on the right.

People wearing a relative’s medals, either living or deceased, should wear them on the right.

Usually full-sized medals are worn for the march but sometimes children wear miniatures.

For more information about wearing medals in the march or to find out about where to get replica medals made, people can contact the Port Lincoln RSL.

Veterans and next of kin do not have to register to take part in the march but they are asked to assemble on Adelaide Place outside the Port Lincoln Primary School at about 10.30am.
The march will go along Hallet Place to the upgraded Eyre Park war memorial where an Anzac service will be held.

The number of people at the dawn service before the march is expected to be at least double the usual crowd, with a breakfast to follow at Centenary Oval provided by local football and service clubs, and two-up at the RSL clubrooms.

A lunch will be held at the Anglican Church hall.

It will be a full weekend of special events for the 100th anniversary with a dinner dance at the Port Lincoln Hotel on Saturday night and a Legacy Lunch on Sunday involving local hotels and a family-friendly foreshore lunch including entertainment.

There will be a display of military vehicles at the foreshore car park on Sunday and anyone with a vehicle they would like to include should contact the RSL.

An exhibition of work by students from Port Lincoln Primary School, Navigator College, Port Lincoln High School and St Joseph’s School will also be on display in the Nautilus Arts Centre from April 7 to May 1.

PLRSL - Anzac Day 2015

MARCH WITH US: RSL Port Lincoln sub-branch president Garry Johnston is     encouraging as many next of kin as possible from around the region to take part in this year’s Anzac Day march. He is demonstrating how medals should be worn, with his own on the left and his father’s and grandfather’s medals on the right.