After the cancellation of traditional Anzac Day services, Parkes RSL Sub Branch secretary Paul Thomas says he looking forward to commemorating Remembrance Day with the community on Wednesday, November 11.
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RSL sub branches across the state have received a one-off exemption to hold Remembrance Day services, with 100 people allowed to gather at community war memorials, provided a COVID-19 Safety Plan is in place.
Mr Thomas said the sub branch has welcomed the exemption and hopes they will be able to host traditional commemorations for Anzac Day next year.
"It's really good considering we couldn't do the full service for Anzac Day," he said.
"Hopefully, fingers crossed at next year's Anzac Day, we will be back into a normal routine."
The Remembrance Day service will commence at 10.30am, with service personnel and participants assembling at the Cenotaph in Cooke Park.
While he would love to see a turnout for the event, Mr Thomas said restrictions will be in place.
"We want to stress to people that they need to maintain their distancing and also santistise. If they feel more comfortable wearing a mask, wear a mask," he said.
This year's service will feature the Parkes Holy Family School choir, as well as the annual citation of names of the fallen and laying of wreaths.
Duncan Clement will sound the Last Post, followed by two minutes' silence.
The sub branch is encouraging attendees to stay hydrated in case of warm weather, with incidents of fainting at past services.
"If you feel unsteady, please come and take a seat," Mr Thomas said.
Poppies and Remembrance Day memorabilia are on sale this year.
Sub branch and women's auxiliary members set up a street stall in Clarinda Street on Friday, which was well supported by the community.
The community is encouraged to wear their poppy with pride on this special occasion.
All monies raised from the sales will go towards the welfare of veterans and ex-service personnel in the community.
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