Friday night will mark a new annual tradition in Bathurst, with a Last Post Ceremony taking place to commence the three-day Festival Of Bells.
The opening night will allow people the opportunity to honour the local war veterans and take time to reflect on what the meaning of the war memorial is.
"The Last Post Ceremony is important because it's allowing us to honour two local veterans, Private Sydney Purdon, 55th Battalion AIF, and Sister Catherine Kitty McSpedden, Australian Army Nursing Service," Bathurst RSL Sub Branch president David Mills said.
"It's the first time we've used the carillon as it was envisaged by the guys back in 1933, it will allow people to celebrate the pieces and be entertained by the bells.
"This weekend is the first time we've been able to put it all together."
With Covid restrictions preventing some from attending this year's ANZAC Day ceremonies, Mr Mills said Friday night's event will provide locals with another opportunity to take time out and reflect on the service of our men and women.
While the event is free, due to Covid restrictions, people are still required to book ahead of time if they wish to secure a seat at the ceremony.
However, Mr Mills says that being a public area, people are still allowed to walk past or bring a blanket to sit on and join in.
"The Covid plan is for a restricted area of around 500 seats but we can't stop people from coming to a public place," he said.
"With what's happened in Sydney we aren't in the clear, so we just ask that people show due diligence to social distance."
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Following the Last Post Ceremony on Friday night, the remainder of the weekend will be filled with musical performances by Carillon, local musicians, choirs and school ensembles, with the best local food and wine also available.
"A lot of work has gone into the whole weekend, it's one of those things if you have good people working with you it's a pleasure to do and is made a lot easier," Mr Mills said.
Friday night's Last Post Ceremony starts at 5pm in Kings Parade, with the events on Saturday beginning at 1.30pm and noon on Sunday.
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