NEW Zealand's flag will be flown and anthem sung at this year's Kellyville Anzac Day Dawn Service.
"It includes them," Castle Hill RSL sub-branch president Don Tait said with reference to the "NZ" in the acronym ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps).
He said David Sanders would sing both the New Zealand and Australian anthems at Friday's service to remember the fallen at Centenary of Anzac Reserve (formerly Wrights Road Reserve), Kellyville.
The event will be a dress rehearsal for Anzac Day 2015 — the 100th anniversary of Anzac troops' landing on the Turkish coast at Gallipoli.
In other firsts, a big screen TV will be tested and there will be a coffee stand on-site.
"I think it's already the biggest dawn service outside Sydney in NSW — I'm hopeful we'll break the 10,000-mark this Anzac Day," Mr Tait said.
There's every chance they will, considering the swarm of people who turned out to the commemorative service held at the reserve on April 13.
"A couple of thousand may be an underestimation, to be honest, given the number of kids that were there," Mr Tait said.
Leaderships groups from 27 schools were represented.
Recent Afghanistan veteran Jim Terrie will give Friday's dawn service address.
"We'd like people there by 5.45am; the service starts at 6am," Mr Tait said.
And you don't have to worry about the traffic.
Through some strategic thinking, sub-branch vice-president Mike Yeo and his colleagues have come up with a plan to move 10,000-plus people to and from this year's dawn service — the second at this location.
"Parking for large numbers over a short period of time was a challenge for 2013; more are expected this year leading up to a possible 25,000 in 2015," Mr Yeo said.
"So this year we encourage people coming from the Castle Hill area to park at the [Castle Hill] Showground.
"Sixteen free buses will shuttle you from the Showground to and from the Greens Road bus-stop at Centenary of Anzac Reserve with police assistance."
Buses will operate from 4.45am to 5.30am.
No ticket is required but organisers ask that you book seats, so they have a better idea of the number of buses required.
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Parking locations include:
■ Kellyville Plaza and ALDI;
■ Vacant land adjacent to St Angela’s Primary School on Harrington Avenue;
■ William Clarke College;
■ Park and walk from the TAFE campus on the corner of Showground Road and Greens Road, Castle Hill; and
■ Streets around the Centenary of ANZAC Reserve.
OTHER ANZAC DAY DAWN SERVICES:
■ Epping: The Epping service will be from 6am at Forest Park, Epping. If raining, it will be help in Epping RSL club in the foyer. Minister of the club, Reverend Mark Hillis, will be a guest speaker.
■ Hornsby: There will also be a service from 5am at Hornsby Cenotaph (Pacific Highway, Hornsby), followed by a free breakfast at Hornsby RSL Club. Participants to meet at Hornsby RSL (4 High Street) at 4.30am to march to the service.
YOUNG VETERANS TO LEAD
Royal Australian Air Force Warrant Officer David Cronan, of Kellyville, said for the first time this year veterans of recent conflicts and peacekeeping missions — starting with Somalia and including Rwanda, Afghanistan, Iraq, East Timor and the Solomons — will lead Sydney’s Anzac Day March.
Castle Hill RSL Sub-Branch has organised a bus to take local veterans and peacekeepers to the Kellyville Dawn Service (bus departs the RSL at 5am), to the RSL for breakfast afterwards, and then on to Sydney, under police escort, for the city march.