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24 April, 2022

Anzac Day services across the region

LOCALS will gather at cenotaphs and other war-related memorials next Monday morning to mark the 107th year since the Anzacs landed on the beaches of Gallipoli.

Members of the Mareeba Air Force Cadets (from left) Warrant Offi cer Sarah Westwood, Sergeant Abbey Pillar, Flight Lieutenant Stanway, Sergeant Prue Pillar and Corporal Emily Dixon are getting ready to participate in Anzac Day ceremonies to be held at the town's cenotaph next Monday.

People across the region will have the opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices made by servicemen and women in all conflicts, with Anzac Day services all restored in 2022 after a lot of disruptions in recent years due to the pandemic. 

Commemorations will begin with dawn services at most towns in the region, followed by other ceremonies mid-morning. 

A special 9am ceremony to be held at Padre White’s graveside at the Herberton Cemetery. 

The humble padre is thought to be the first person who conducted a dawn service on 25 April, with a plaque in the cemetery reading: “On April 25th, 1923, at Albany, WA, Rev. 

White led a party of friends in what was the first ever observance of the Dawn Parade on Anzac Day, thus establishing a tradition which has endured in Australia ever since.” 

Dawn services will be held at the following locations and times: 

Atherton – 4.15am, cenotaph dawn service. Assemble at Atherton Remembrance Park;Mareeba – 4.28am to 5.15am at the Mareeba Cenotaph; Yungaburra – 5.30am service at Afghanistan Avenue of Honour; Dimbulah – 6am at Dimbulah Memorial Hall; Kuranda– Assemble 5.30am at Kuranda Town Hall;Chillagoe – assemble 4.28am at Town Hall;Mt Garnet – 5.30am cenotaph service and march; Evelyn – 4.30am cenotaph dawn service;Malanda – 4am service and march at Eacham Memorial Gates; Millaa Millaa – 4.15am service and march at RSL Hall; Mt Molloy – assemble 6.30am at the Mt Molloy Cenotaph; Mossman – 5.15am at the Mossman Cenotaph, Front Street. 

Ceremonies throughout the day: 

Mareeba –Assemble outside the old RSL Building at 9.45am. Service to follow parade 10.30am at the Mareeba Cenotaph; Atherton– 10am: cenotaph service and march. Assemble at the Atherton RSL. Service starts at 11am; Evelyn – 9.50am cenotaph service and march. Assemble at the Royal Hotel. Service starts at 10.10am; Malanda – 9.10am service and march at Eacham Memorial Gates. Service starts at 9.45am; Millaa Millaa – 10.15am service and march RSL Hall. Service starts at 10.45am; Mt Garnet – 9.30am cenotaph service and march. Service starts at 10.10am;Ravenshoe – 9.30am cenotaph service and march. Service starts at 10am; Yungaburra– 7.45am cenotaph service and march. Service starts at 8am; Chillagoe – Assemble 9am in Queen Street. Service to follow parade at Chillagoe Town Hall; Kuranda – March and Service 10.15am to 11am. Service to follow parade at Centenary Park; Mt Molloy – Assemble Vains Park 10.15am, Service to follow parade 10.30am at the Mt Molloy Cenotaph;Port Douglas – Official proceedings at the cenotaph in Anzac Park at 10.30 am; Watsonville– Assemble 3pm at the Watsonville Shelter Shed, service to follow parade at 3.30pm.

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