Anzac day

4 petitions

Started 6 months ago

Petition to RSL ACT Branch

Re-instate Community Bands as part of the ANZAC Day Parade in the ACT

Canberra City Band performed at the first ACT ANZAC Day Service on Camp Hill (later Parliament House) in 1926 as the only band in the ACT. It has contributed vibrantly to every ANZAC Day Parade (outside of depression/wartime) since then. For 2018, (92 years after its first ANZAC Day), Canberra City Band has been removed from the parade without consultation, to be replaced by speakers echoing a single band at the top of ANZAC Parade. Many other community bands have also been removed. The band that will play, (who are fantastic), will not be able to play constantly for the entire duration of the event. The inclusion of live music brings an immeasurable, tremendous spirit to this event, as the community bands usually begin playing well before the actual march commences. This sets a tone of pride, spirit, 'event', and camaraderie among the thousands of military personnel and spectators. The day belongs to the military, and to provide them with military-style music is an absolute honour. We believe removing the live music element of the ANZAC Day parade will severely diminish the spirit of the day compared to previous years. We believe that the feeling of pride and honour is amplified by the inclusion of live music along the parade route.  We also feel that the 'look' of hundreds of passionate musicians along the parade route contributes greatly towards honouring our troops. To replace those people with speakers and cables will remove the human qualities from the event, and make it feel cold and impersonal.  There are a variety of alternative compromises which will address all of the RSL's concerns. We passionately seek to reach a compromise that will achieve ALL of our mutual goals to honour and serve.  Canberra City Band turns 93 years old in 2018 and is proud to say that they have performed at every ANZAC Day since their inception (outside of depression and wartime). Please help us retain this tradition which is so important to our members and our community.

Canberra City Band
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Started 2 years ago

Petition to Australian federal government, NSW Police

Australian Govt to support the ANZAC PARADE in Blue Mountains NSW the right to march.

Anzac Day marches across the Mountains have been cancelled this year because of the additional costs of anti-terrorism measures imposed by local police. These include the use of water-filled barriers to close roads, initiated in the wake of the Nice attack last July. David White, spokesman for the Mountains ex-services organisations, said the decision to cancel marches in Katoomba, Blackheath, Springwood and Glenbrook was taken with a heavy heart. “We are devastated that we have had to take this action because it’s such a long, unbroken tradition and something which we believe is cherished by the local communities. “It’s that loss of something which has been treasured by the community which breaks our hearts.” Mr White continued: “The terrorists are winning. I say that because the reaction to events overseas continues to provoke over-reactions here, in our view, which require mitigation actions that are beyond our means.” There will still be dawn services and wreath-laying ceremonies, Mr White said. There will also be a march in Lawson, which has been privately funded. The four sub-branches have appealed to the state government to ease the traffic obligations or to help with costs, without success. Council, which is believed to have spent $70,000 over the past two years to ensure the marches went ahead, is unable to continue the financial assistance this year. Mr White said the sub-branches appreciated that both council and police had been “extremely supportive of our attempts to maintain our marches in the face of the regulatory challenges now in place”. Council has raised the issue with both state and federal governments and is seeking advice on other practical and more cost effective long-term alternatives solutions to water barriers, a spokeswoman said. Blue Mountains mayor Mark Greenhill posted on his Facebook page on January 11 the decision “is a direct result of state government restrictions. I have appealed to the state government to fix this problem that comes under their area of responsibility”. From:

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