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Private dawn service to be held at the Shrine of Remembrance on Anzac Day

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Victoria’s Anzac Day dawn service at the Shrine of Remembrance will go ahead but will be closed to the public.

Jamie Twidale, CEO of RSL Victoria, said a decision was made to cancel both the midday march and the parade.

“We will hold a service at the Shrine in the morning which will be closed to the public but we will televise it,” he told Tom Elliott on 3AW Drive.

A very small group of people will attend the dawn service.

“We will have to work out who that will be, it will be a small group of dignitaries and veterans so we can lay the wreaths,” he said.

“We don’t think it’s appropriate or good practice to hold a service open to the public.”

Mr Twidale said public safety has to come first.

“But (it was) a difficult decision on how to commemorate such an important day in the right way while still making sure people are looked after,” he said.

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