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Anzac Day (April 25th)
"They shall grow not old,
as we that are left grow old; 
Age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn. 
At the going down of the sun
and in the morning 
We will remember them."
Lest we forget
Narromine Anzac Day

Dawn Assembly: 5.20am
Dawn Service:
5.30am
War Cemetary Assembly: 9.20am
War Cemetary Service: 9.30am
Anzac Day March: - 10.40am
Anzac Day Service: - 11am

2015 commemorated the 100 year milestone
since the landing in Gallipoli. The Community attended in droves on this hallmark occasion.
Both young and old were present to honour
the fallen, and returned service men.
Dawn Service: Last years Dawn Service began with a large crowd gathering at the War Memorial to hallmark the 100 year anniversary. The Cenotaph in the centre of town has
stood as a shrine of rememberance since 1924. Following the Dawn Service a free breakfast is hosted by the USMC.

Narromine War Cemetary
Memorial Service

Unfortunately for locals, relatives of service men and woman who lost their lives during various times of war have very few local funerary grounds located in the township
of Narromine.

Many service men were regrettably buried
in other countries and sadly their resting
places remain unmarked amongst the confusion and chaos that ensued during
the conflict.
Plaques displayed at Narromine cemetary explain that Narromine was the wartime location for No 5 Elementary Flying Training School, RAAF. This small war cemetary contains the graves of 8 RAAF, 1 RAF and 3 Army personnel, some of whom died in training accidents. A further 5 RAAF personnel are buried in the adjoining General Cemetary.

Main Service:

Narromine residents have a long history of inscription to military services. Two hundred and fifty one service men have been recorded as naming Narromine as their place of association and 48 of those paid the ultimate sacrifice.Students from local schools were present and each placed a poppy at the Cenotaph.

The Anzac tradition: The ideals of courage, endurance and mateship that are still relevant
today was established on 25th April 1915. As the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landed
on the Gallipoli Peninsula. This hallmarked the start of a campaign that lasted eight months and resulted in an estimated 25,000 Australian casualties that were killed or died of wounds and/or disease.

The men and woman who served on the Gallipoli Peninsula created a legend, adding the word
'Anzac' to our vocabulary and creating the notion
of the Anzac spirit. By the 1920s, Anzac Day ceremonies were held throughout Australia.
In the ensuing decades, returned servicemen
and women from the conflicts in Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam and Iraq as well as veterans
from allied countries and peacekeepers joined
the parades.

Dawn Service Origins
The Dawn Service observed on Anzac Day has
its origins in an operational routine which is still observed by the Australian Army today.

The half-light of dawn plays tricks with soldiers' eyes and upon the arrival of the sun. Easterly
facing forces were at a disadvantage from the
glare of the rising sun. From the earliest times
the half-hour or so before dawn, with all its
grey, misty shadows, became one of the
most favoured strategic times for an attack.

Because of the disadvantage in vision from the rising sun, soldiers in defensive positions were Private R. Thompson, 2/2nd Battalion, of Sydney,
NSW playing his bugle in Gaza village Palestine.
(by Damien Parer).
required to be woken up in the dark. Soldiers awoken before dawn meant that by the time
the first dull grey light crept across the battlefield they were awake, alert and manning their weapons. This was, and still is known as 'Stand-to'. The 'Stand-to' was then repeated at sunset.