ANZAC Day will be commemorated throughout the Wimmera today. Here is a guide to what’s planned in towns and districts across the region.
Ararat Rural City
Ararat: Dawn service at 6am at the cenotaph in Barkly Street, Ararat, followed by breakfast at the RSL. March from Edith Cavell Reserve from 9.45am. Service at 10am at the cenotaph followed by morning tea at the RSL. Lunch for servicemen and women at 1pm at the RSL.
Birchip: Service at Birchip Soldiers Memorial Park at 11am.
Donald: Dawn service at Donald Memorial Park at 6am. Service at Donald Memorial Park at 10.45am.
Horsham Rural City
Horsham: Dawn service at Sawyer Park at 6.15am followed by breakfast at the Horsham RSL. March from Pynsent Street at 10.30am. Service in Sawyer Park from 11am. Guest speakers include winner of spirit of Anzac award and St Brigid’s College student Charlotte Frost, Horsham College students Ryan Morrow and Ellena Binney and Royal Australian Navy Commodore Elizabeth Rushbrook.
Natimuk: March at 10.30am at the corner of Main Street and Jory Street. Anzac service at 11am in Natimuk and District Soldiers Memorial Hall. Guest speaker will be David Sudholz, a Natimuk district farmer and member of Norforce, an infantry regiment of the Australian Army Reserve.
Dimboola: March from Dimboola Memorial Secondary College from 8.45am followed by ceremony in college auditorium. Guest speaker Lieut Christine Frost. Refreshments at the RSL clubrooms at 10.15am.
Jeparit: Service in Jeparit Memorial Hall at 11am. Guest speaker at the service will be former Army Warrant Officer Class One Danny Hoar. Following the service there will be a march to the war memorial in Broadway and wreath laying. Barbecue for RSL members, associates and families of ex-RSL members at the RSL clubrooms following the service.
Nhill: Dawn service in Goldsworthy Park at 6.30am followed by breakfast. Wreath laying at 10.50am at the cenotaph followed by a service in Nhill Memorial Community Centre at 11am. Finger food in the soldiers lounge after the service.
Rainbow: Ceremony at cenotaph at 9.50am followed by march to Mecca Building and service after 10am. Guest speaker Russell Allan.
Northern Grampians Shire
St Arnaud: Dawn service at 6am in St Arnaud Town Hall followed by breakfast at RSL at 6.30am. Laying of wreaths at 10.30am followed by march to the RSL for main service at 11am. Motorcade of Diggers to lead Cubs and Scouts during march.
Stawell: Dawn service at 6am at war memorial followed by gunfire breakfast at Stawell Entertainment Centre. March and service at war memorial at 11am.
Great Western: Service at war memorial at 9.30am.
West Wimmera Shire
Apsley: March from war memorial to the town hall at 11am followed by a commemorative service, guest speaker and a wreath laying ceremony. A light lunch at the RSL hall will follow official proceedings.
Edenhope: Breakfast at the RSL hall at 8am. Service at war memorial at 10.30am with guest speaker Emma Kealy. Collingwood v Essendon on big screen at RSL clubrooms at 2.40pm.
Goroke: March from police station to war memorial at 10am. Memorial service in Goroke Hall with guest speaker Robert Lynch. Wreath laying and cross laying at the memorial and a morning tea in Goroke Hall.
Harrow: Ecumenical service at RSL hall at 10am. March from Main Street, Harrow, from 10.30am followed by service, guest speaker, wreath laying and refreshments at RSL hall.
Kaniva: Service at cenotaph in Progress Street at 10.55am.
Hopetoun: Dawn service at 6am at Hopetoun Memorial Hall followed by breakfast. Service in Hopetoun Memorial Hall at 10am.
Rupanyup: March from Main Street at 9.45am. Service in Rupanyup Memorial Hall at 10am with guest speaker Major Troy Antal and Horsham City Pipe Band.
Murtoa: Dawn service at 5.50am at Memorial Gates. March starting at the fire station at 11.30am followed by a service at the Memorial Gates. The march will be led by the Horsham 4th Light Horse Troop.
Minyip: Wreath laying at Memorial Gates at 12.45pm followed by march to the memorial hall. Service at Minyip Memorial Hall with guest speaker Shaun Murphy.
Warracknabeal: Dawn service at Sheep Hills at 6.45am. Memorial service at Brim at 9.30am. Wreath laying at cenotaph at 10.45am. March from noon from the Anzac Park gates to the Molly Taylor memorial.