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Thursday 26 April 1917, The Sydney Morning Herald

ARMIDALE.-Anzac Day was celebrated at Armidale by services in all the churches. A procession, comprising Cadets, Boy Scouts, and returned soldiers leading horses with empty saddles, marched to the Central Park, where addresses were delivered by Senator Oakes, the Mayor, and ministers of the different denominations. Four recruits were secured. Flags on all the business places were at half mast all day.

GLEN INNES.-Great interest was taken in the Anzac celebrations. Stirring addresses were delivered by Canon Kemmis, the Rev. A. P. Cameron, the Rev. Mr. Westbrook, and Ensign Pettit, of the Salvation Army. An honour roll, containing the names of 50 local and district soldiers who have been killed, was read and wreaths were placed on the soldiers monument in the main street. Demonstrations were held at the district school, and an honour roll was read, containing the names of 154 ex-pupils.

INVERELL.-Anzac Day was celebrated by a combined service of the various Protestant denominations in the Town Hall. The Bishop of Armidale delivered a patriotic address. He said that for all time Australian calendars would carry the word “Anzac” opposite April 25. Doubts had sometimes been cast as to whether Australians were fighters, whether they were men fit to hold this fair land of Australia; but the men of Anzac gave an eternal answer to the world. Heaven had sent them the opportunity, and right nobly had they embraced it.

KEMPSEY.-At the district school the children were addressed by Mr. Knight, the head master, the Rev. D. Smith, the Rev. Chaplain Bellhouse, Mr. W. T. Dangar, and Mr. P. J. Arnold, chairman of the Parents and Citizens’ Association. At the post-office corner 3000 people assembled round the honour board, containing 45 names of men of Kempsey who have been killed in the war. The Mayor (Alderman Lane) delivered an address.

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