The Lithgow RSL sub-branch has announced with "great regret" that this year's Anzac Day services and parade will not be going ahead due to the current Coronavirus restrictions.
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In a statement to the Lithgow Mercury, they said the RSL had a duty of care, not only to all veterans but also to their families and the greater community, to keep everyone as safe as possible.
"As has been widely publicised, this decision was not made at a local level; this decision was reached by the RSL State Branch, in consultation with the state government and medical authorities, and also taking into consideration, the restrictions in place and the possible penalties for breaching these provisions," Lithgow RSL sub-branch secretary Michael Cuthbert said.
"Anzac Day, as we all know is a day for reflection and thanks for all of those who have worn the uniform of Australia's Defence Force, be they Regular Force, Reserve Force, or National Servicemen and to remember every Australian who has paid the Supreme Sacrifice in the defence of our country and our way of life.
"On Anzac Day itself, although there will not be any services occurring, please take a moment to reflect in your own way about the members of the Australian Defence Force, who have served and are currently serving, and especially those who have paid the supreme sacrifice for us."
The Executive and Members of the Lithgow City R.S.L. Sub-Branch, wish acknowledge everyone who assist them every year including; the schools, the bands, Lithgow City Council, the taxis, the emergency services, the Defence Force, religious ministers, and those who bring their military vehicles
"Without their assistance Anzac Day would not be as special as it has become," Mr Cuthbert said.
"We also wish to thank everyone who attends in making our Anzac Day such a special day of thanks and reflection and we hope that we can all join up again next year to continue our tradition of remembering and honouring the service and sacrifice of all our men and women of our Defence Force, past and present.
"If you wish to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph in a personal capacity on Anzac Day, please feel free to do so.
"Once again, we wish to apologise for not being able to conduct this year's services, and we wish to thank everyone for their understanding and look forward to your involvement in future years."
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