As I prepare this year’s ANZAC booklet, my mind quickly turns to the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine. My thoughts also reflect on other authoritarian regimes that control various countries around the world.
With great sadness, I think about what the former US President is trying to do to America at the moment, and that is to turn America into a dictatorship by coming up with crazy and unbelievable schemes to undermine the democratic process of voters and voting.
At times wars are fought over land, oil or religion. Many times wars are also fought over ideology – the most common battle in recent times being the war between democracies and dictatorships.
Our Australian armed men and women have always fought for democracy. They have fought for a belief and love of our country that is based on each person getting a vote and each person getting a fair go in life.
Democracy is worth saving and cherishing. Our diggers certainly thought so.
Click here to download our 2022 ANZAC Day Commemorative Brochure which includes: Wollombi’s Private Stapleford, Thomson Brothers West Wallsend, Private George Chippendale, Ellalong’s Private Ling, Heroic Nurse Thomas, Holmesville’s Private Molan, Private Henry Allport, Robertson Brothers of Kurri Kurri.
ANZAC Day 2022 — Services and Ceremonies
Abermain – 8.30am – March from the corner of Bathurst Street and Cessnock Road to the Jeffries Park Cenotaph for the Service.
Branxton – 5.30am – Dawn Service at the Branxton Rotunda, John Rose Avenue, Branxton. 6.30am – 7.30am – Gun Fire Breakfast Miller Park Hotel, 11:30am – Town March – Form up 11:15am in front of old Branxton Inn and Paper shop. 11:45am – Main Service – Branxton Rotunda for day Memorial Service.
Broke – 5.45am Dawn Service at Broke War Memorial, Broke Street, Broke. 10.00am – Morning Service at Broke War Memorial.
Brunkerville – 3.00pm – Uniting Church in Memorial Garden.
Bulga – 10.45am – Gather at Bulga Recreation Ground, The Inlet Road, Bulga. 11.00am – Service at the Recreation Ground.
Cameron Park – Closest Service is at West Wallsend
Cessnock – 5.30am – Dawn Service at the Cessnock Cenotaph which is located in the grounds of Cessnock TAFE, North Avenue, Cessnock. 9.30am – Morning Service at Veteran’s Park, Aberdare Road, Aberdare. 11.00am – March from the Vincent St Kitchen + Bar, along Vincent Street to the Cenotaph for the Service at 11.40am in the TAFE grounds.
Edgeworth – Closest Service is at West Wallsend
Greta – 5.30am – Dawn Service at Greta War Memorial Cenotaph, New England Highway, Greta. 9.30am – March from the corner of Nelson Street and the New England Highway to the Cenotaph for the Service. 10.00am – Main Service commences.
Holmesville – Closest Service us at West Wallsend
Kearsley – 5.15am – March from Kearsley Tennis Court to the Cenotaph at Kearsley Community Hall, Allandale Street, Kearlsey. 5.30am – Service at the Cenotaph. BBQ breakfast will follow within the grounds of the area of remembrance.
Kurri Kurri – 5.00am – Dawn Service at the Cenotaph in Col Brown Rotary Park, corner of Lang and Hampden Streets, Kurri Kurri. 9:45am March from Mitre 10 to the Cenotaph. 10:00am – Service at the Cenotaph.
Neath – 10.30am – Lighting of the Miner’s Lamp at Neath Hotel, Cessnock Road, Neath.
Millfield – 5;15am – Gather at St Luke’s Anglican Church, Wollombi Road, Millfield and march to Millfield Public School for the Service.
Paxton – 5.25am – Gather at the corner of McDonald and Anderson Avenues, Paxton and march to Paxton Public School for the Service.
Pokolbin – 7:00am – Service at Pokolbin Public School Memorial Gates, 126 McDonalds Road, Community Hall and Rural Fire Service, Pokolbin (opposite Ben Ean).
Putty – 10.00am – Service at Putty Community Hall, Putty Valley Road, Putty Valley.
West Wallsend – 9:50am – Short march from West Wallsend Worker’s Club car park. Form up from 9:30am. 10:00am – Service at West Wallsend Soldiers’ Memorial Park, corner of Carrington and Hyndes Streets, West Wallsend.
Wollombi – 5.45am – Service at Wollombi Anzac Reserve, corner of Wollombi and Narone Creek Roads, Wollombi.
*Please note times may be subject to change