Anzac Day services held across the Parkes Shire

Parkes Shire residents are invited to attend the Anzac Day commemorative services to be held across the region on April 25.

The Parkes Shire RSL Sub-Branches, along with Parkes Shire Council, have planned special services in each of the townships to pay tribute to veterans and currently serving defence personnel.

“Historically, April 25 is a day for the Parkes Shire to come together to acknowledge our history, honour the ANZAC legacy and show our strength as a community,” Parkes Shire Mayor, Cr Ken Keith said.

"The day will begin with dawn services in Parkes, Alectown, Tullamore, Peak Hill and Bogan Gate and will be followed by the Anzac Day march, wreath laying, and commemorative services mid-morning.

“The Parkes Shire will welcome a number of guest speakers, including Captain Anthony Klenthis from the Royal Australian Navy, who will acknowledge the 75th anniversary of the 1942 World War II campaigns, and the Battle of the Coral Sea, and share an insight into his time in the navy at the 9am commemorative service in Cooke Park.”

The dawn service will take place, at Memorial Hill, at 5.30am, followed by a breakfast at the Parkes Services Club at 6.30am.

The Anzac Day march will take place at 8.35am, travelling up Welcome Street to Chamberlain Square and Clarinda Street to Cooke Park for the commemoration service at 9am.

In preparation for the dawn service, council's roads and footpath crew have constructed a new footpath at Memorial Hill, significantly improving pedestrian access to the site.

The week of April 6 council crews took six and a half hours to pump, spread, screed, and finish the edging and broom strokes on 12.4 cubic metres of concrete.

The new concrete pathway connects to the existing granite walkway further down the hill, designed to reflect the natural colours existing at the site.

The full Parkes Shire 2017 ANZAC Day program is available for download from council's website, www.parkes.nsw.gov.au or can be collected from Council's Administrative Building on Monday, April 24.

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