We will remember them: Anzac Day 2021 commemorations now in planning

Forbes RSL Sub Branch president Michael Walker looks forward to welcoming the community back to Anzac Day commemorations this year.
Forbes RSL Sub Branch president Michael Walker looks forward to welcoming the community back to Anzac Day commemorations this year.

Planning for Anzac Day 2021 commemorations is to get under way in Forbes.

Forbes RSL Sub Branch president Michael Walker said the committee, following their AGM, would now begin to work with local authorities and community groups to put together a schedule of COVID-safe commemorations for April 25.

"There will be a dawn service and there will be a ceremony," he told the Advocate on Tuesday.

"So people who want to lay wreaths will be invited to do so."

RSL NSW last Friday announced they had been working with the NSW Government to ensure commemorations could take place.

"ANZAC Day has always belonged to the Australian people and that was evident last year when millions of people took to their driveways during the COVID-19 pandemic to personally commemorate veterans by lighting up the dawn," RSL NSW President Ray James said.

"I encourage the people of NSW to stay safe, and keep our vulnerable veterans safe, by commemorating locally this ANZAC Day."

Acting Minister for Veterans Geoff Lee said he wants to ensure veterans and their families are honoured while keeping their health and wellbeing the top priority.

"The NSW Government and RSL NSW have been working together to ensure ANZAC Day commemorations can proceed in a COVID-safe way in communities across our State."

"This respect for veterans and their families has never faltered, even at the height of a pandemic. We know NSW communities will continue to show their admiration in 2021."

More information on what's happening in Forbes will be shared as arrangements are finalised.