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Where to pay respects on Anzac Day

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Neither cloudy skies or the coronavirus can dampen spirits this Anzac Day with locals to once again stand together – socially distanced, of course - at a number of services.

Dawn services and marches are just some of the commemorations held on the Sunshine Coast and in Gypmie this year following the cancellation of last year’s events due to a pandemic lockdown.

Sunshine Coast RSL district president Ian Hall says all 13 sub branches, stretching from Caloundra to Cooroy, are holding services of some kind.

Mr Hall expects larger than average turnouts because commemorations couldn’t go ahead last year.

"I feel as we go forward, Anzac Day is becoming more relevant to a lot of people, especially to younger people.

"I think people are becoming more interested in the history and what our service personal have done to enable us to live the lives and enjoy the freedoms we enjoy."

The weather forecast for Sunday is cloudy with a 20 per cent chance of rain.

What's on in Gympie?

Saturday, 5.30pm - Lighting the Flame at Memorial Lane, on Reef St, Gympie
Sunday, 5am - Dawn Service at Memorial Park, on Reef St, Gympie
Sunday, 7am – Commemoration Service at Normanby Hill, Power Road, Southside
Sunday, 9am - Anzac Day march, starting from Mary Street in Gympie.
Sunday, 10.15am – Citizen’s Service at Memorial Park, Reef Street, Gympie.

On the Sunshine Coast

Buderim, Caloundra, Coolum-Peregian, Cooroy-Pomona, Glasshouse Mountains, Kawana Waters – Buddina, Landsborough, Maroochydore, Maleny, Montville, Mudjimba, Nambour, Tewantin-Noosa, Woodford and Woombye are all hosting dawn services.

Marches

At Caloundra, at 6.30am, a Gunfire breakfast will held at the Caloundra RSL, West Terrace. Tickets can be purchased from the RSL prior.

9am - March starts, leaving from the Kmart carpark at Stockland Shopping Centre, Bowman Road and finishing at the Caloundra RSL memorial garden

At Kawana Waters, at 6.30am, a Gunfire breakfast held at the surf club, with the main service and march starting from 10am.

At Maroochydore, at 8.30am a march starts and finishes at the Cenotaph, on the Esplanade.

At Mudjimba, at 10.45am a march starts towards the Power Memorial Park with a main service at the park at 11am.

At Nambour, 9am the march starts from Poinciana Avenue to the cenotaph, at 10am the Tewantin Noosa RSL opens to the public, and at 11am it is two-up in the club.

A full list of events can be found on the RSL sub branches’ websites.

Mr Hall is asking people to remember social distancing, use hand sanitiser, wear a face mask if vulnerable and can’t socially distance, and stay away if sick.

"If you feel COVID-19 is restricting you, then do Light Up the Driveway - it is allowing you to celebrate and remember defence force personal."