THE annual Taree Anzac Sunday service had a new addition this year - a lone pine planted at St John's Anglican Church.
According to senior vice president of the Taree RSL sub-branch Darcy Elbourne, St John's is a fitting place for the tree due to the church's memorial hall and the inside of the church displaying flags of the garrison of the 13th Battallion.
The service and tree planting ceremony was led by Reverend Canon Keith Dean-Jones.
A plaque was unveiled by deacon of the church, Ken Park.
Alex Bell performed two excellent renditions of The Last Post on the bugle, showing he is in tip-top form for the upcoming services across the region.
The service was led out of the church by Robert Gow playing a set of 104-year-old bag pipes.
In being brought forward this year, the annual Sunday service has marked the beginning of Anzac activities around the area.
In attendance were members of the RSL sub-branch, members of Legacy, ex-servicemen from all services and their families, along with local air force and army cadet groups.
The RSL sub-branch committee is looking forward to attending services at local schools and nursing homes in the lead up to Anzac Day.
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