Scouts to Launceston Cenotaph on Anzac Day eve

VIGIL: Last year's Launceston dawn service. Fifty scouts will stand guard at the cenotaph in the leadup to the 2018 dawn service. Picture: Scott Gelston
VIGIL: Last year's Launceston dawn service. Fifty scouts will stand guard at the cenotaph in the leadup to the 2018 dawn service. Picture: Scott Gelston

Scouts between the ages of six and 26 will stand guard at the Launceston Cenotaph on Anzac Day eve.

The Anzac Day eve vigil will see 50 young people take turns in manning the posts between 6pm on Tuesday and 6am on Wednesday when the dawn service begins. 

Four Scouts will stand guard at a time.

One Scout who will guard the site on Thursday morning will be 14-year-old Nicholas Yam. 

Nicholas is a part of the Launceston Fourth Scouts group. 

“It gets a bit cold, but that’s alright,” he said. 

“It’s not the most comfortable activity, but it’s a really good initiative.”

Nicholas said Anzac Day was an important day for all Australians. 

“It’s a really big part of our history as a nation,” he said. 

“It’s good to honour the soldiers who have served Australia.”

Scouts district commissioner Stephen Yam for the Launceston region said the vigil was a way to get young people more involved in Anzac Day. 

“We picked up the idea from South Australia and Western Australia and it provides young people something to do on Anzac Day,” he said. “After the dawn service it is all about older people and to commemorate those who lost their lives. This event gives younger people a role in the day.”

The City of Launceston council is assisting the event by allowing Scouts leaders to set-up marquees and give out hot drinks and snacks. 

The council will also provide keys to a public toilet.​