Anzacs won't be forgotten, Oberon RSL Sub Branch reassures

LEST WE FORGET: Oberon's Anzac Day dawn service usually attracts well over 400 people, but that won't be the case in 2020 due to coronavirus.
LEST WE FORGET: Oberon's Anzac Day dawn service usually attracts well over 400 people, but that won't be the case in 2020 due to coronavirus.

WE can still remember.

That is the message from the Oberon RSL Sub Branch after Anzac Day services across the country were cancelled last week due to coronavirus.

Sub branch president Bill Wilcox and secretary Neville Stapleton are disappointed Anzac Day will not be celebrated in the usual way this year.

"We're devastated, really," Mr Stapleton said. "It is devastating for the community.

"It is a chance for people to pay respects to Diggers and family members, and they've just got nowhere to go."

Mr Wilcox said it was the first time in history the service had been cancelled in Oberon.

The services have also been cancelled at Burraga and Black Springs.

"Anzac Day in Australia is one of the biggest days of the year," he said. "But there is nothing we can do about it."

Despite the fact no service will be held, Mr Wilcox said the sub branch would still honour the fallen at 6am.

"We will still play the Last Post and Reveille at 6am and lower the flags," he said.

"And if anyone wants to come and lay a wreath at the memorial throughout the day, they are welcome."

The Oberon RSL Sub Branch museum will also be open on the day.

He said 2BS would be broadcasting an Anzac service at 6am for those who wanted to listen in.

Members of the branch will sell tokens in the main street on Friday, April 24, as well as on Anzac Day.

And Mr Wilcox said it was still important to honour the brave men and women who had given their lives in service of our country.

"Just honour them in your own way," he said.

Mr Stapleton encouraged people to stand at the end of their driveway at 6am to honour the fallen soldiers.

"We will play the Last Post and hopefully people might be able to hear it right across town," he said.

Last week it was announced that all Anzac Day commemoration services would be cancelled following discussions with the NSW Government and RSL NSW due to the threat of coronavirus.

Oberon's Anzac Day dawn and main services have traditionally attracted well over 400 people.