The 2016 Sydney CBD ANZAC Day March will include veterans and war widows escorted in up to 100 taxis, underscoring the strong historical links between the taxi industry and the Australian armed forces.
Those who are unable to march because of age or medical conditions have been provided with the option of travelling in a taxi during the parade.
As in previous years, the Sydney Metropolitan Taxi Networks will collect veterans from their homes on the day, escort them into the city, provide breakfast and take them on the march before bringing them safely home.
Last year’s 100 year ANZAC anniversary resulted in unprecedented crowd numbers and 2016 is expected to be the same.
|Three generations of the Bennett family at the 2015 Sydney CBD ANZAC Day March|
NSW Taxi Council CEO Roy Wakelin-King, who himself is a returned serviceman, said taxi networks offering transport to veterans so they can be more involved in the march is a small but important contribution the industry can make to say thank you and honour the many thousands of men and women who have serviced their country.
“I would also like to acknowledge the taxi drivers in providing their time free of charge. That generosity of spirit is an important part of this auspicious occasion and it is greatly appreciated,” he said.
“Our appreciation also goes to the RSL and all ex-Service Organisations for their ongoing support."
In previous decades, taxi licences were used by the government to assist returned service personnel integrating back into society and iconic taxi networks such as Legion and RSL have their origins based directly on this heritage.
- The march will commence at 9am.
- There will be a temporary Taxi Rank set up at World Square, Liverpool and Pitt St from 6am. NSW Taxi Council Commissionaires will operate the rank between 8am-3pm.
- Wheelchair Accessible Taxi drop off points as follows:
- Corner of York & Barrack St
- Pitt St, near Market St
- Macquarie St, near Martin Place