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ANZAC Walk to be officially unveiled and opened at Batemans Bay today

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The ANZAC Walk at the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club will be officially opened today. Image courtesy Batemans Bay Soldiers Club. 

Hundreds of people across the Far South Coast are commemorating ANZAC Day today. Dawn services have been well attended. 

This morning, and in some cases this afternoon, marches and services will be held in the villages and towns from Eden to Batemans Bay. 

Secretary of the Merimbula  RSL Sub-branch, Tony Toussaint  says yesterday services were also held in nursing homes across Australia and on the Far South Coast for people, including veterans, unable to attend today's events. 

The Bega District Band will once again be part of ANZAC Day commemorations around the Bega Valley.

Deputy band leader Roger Tetley says it's his 59th year participating in ANZAC Day with the band, which was formed in 1899. 

At Batemans Bay this afternoon, the ANZAC Walk - a wall of remembrance - in the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club, will be officially unveiled. CEO Paul Biddlestone says it will be a very proud moment for the whole community. 

"The wall is a a combination of plaques with the names of people who have fought and served in conflict and peacekeeping from our region," he said.

"They've been collected from local people dating back to the early 1900s. The plaques have been put on the wall as people have passed on, whether they've passed on during service, in active service, or whether they've fought and returned and lived a good life and passed on at that stage.

"About 570 plaques have gone on the wall, and there's room for many more. The plaques have been an RSL sub-branch project for many, many years, I think they've been doing it now for almost fifty years. 

"We've had the wall designed by Dominic Pelle architects, who do a lot of work with war memorials not only in Canberra but throughout Australia, and we commissioned one of their contractors to build and install the wall. 

"We're very proud to have used Australian product in the wall. We've used Australian ash hardwood. We wanted to make it a mark of respect and remembrance. It has great pride of place as you walk into the Club you walk past it."