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Publication date: Wednesday, 27 April 2016
Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) staff paused to remember those who served for Australia at ANZAC Day commemorative services throughout the state.
Some officers attended local dawn services and participated in the Anzac Day march through Sydney's central business district.
Protocol Officer Steve Frey, who served in the 1/15th Royal New South Wales Lancers from 1982 to 1993 before joining CSNSW in 2000, marched with former CSNSW colleagues and army reservists in the parade.
At Long Bay, the CSNSW band, the Honour Guard and serving officers marched down the prison's main road to the Cenotaph on the complex where wreaths were laid.
Assistant Commissioner Kevin Corcoran joined members of the Malabar RSL, Randwick City Council's Mayor Noel D'Souza, Marrickville Council's Mayor Sam Iskandar, representatives from the Australian Federal Police and NSW Police Force, and local school children.
Prison Chaplains from Glen Innes, Broken Hill, South Coast, Wellington, Grafton and Silverwater Women's correctional centres also held services for staff and inmates.
Staff at Grafton Correctional Centre set up a display of ANZAC memorabilia for their service outside the facility. Inmates attended a separate service inside the centre. Earlier in the morning, Assistant Superintendent Damien Carter attended the local dawn service and parade through town.
Broken Hill Correctional Centre staff joined war veterans around the local cenotaph where Senior Correctional Officer Matt Singleton laid a wreath.
At Glen Innes, Pastor Mark Dawson and CSNSW staff Barry Clements and Helen Tucker held a service for colleagues and inmates.
In Wellington, CSNSW officers Matthew Pike, Aaron Edwards and John Mullins (all ex-service men) attended the dawn service. Mr Edwards and Mullins laid a wreath on behalf of CSNSW while Mr Pike addressed ex-service personnel at an Anzac breakfast. Back at the prison, Pastor Mick Williams led CSNSW officers in an Anzac prayer.
A small commemoration service was held at Silverwater Women's Correctional Centre with Prison Chaplain Margaret Wiseman. Staff observed a minute's silence before being invited to lay a wreath and poppies – the international symbol of those who died in war.
At every service, staff spoke of the ANZACs' enormous courage and sacrifice under fire, far from home where many still lie.
Above: Staff at Silverwater Women's Correctional Centre
Above: Silverwater Women's Correctional Centre staff pause for ANZAC Day
Above: staff from Broken Hill Correctional Centre pay their respects
Above: Matt Singleton lays a wreath at a service in Broken Hill
Above: Wellington Correctional Centre staff
Above: Aaron Edwards and John Mullins from Wellington Correctional Centre attending the local service in town
Above: Officers and inmates attend a service at Glen Innes Correctional Centre
Above: a minute's silence at Grafton Correctional Centre
Above: Inmates at Grafton remembering the ANZACs
Above: the Honour Guard at Long Bay
Above: the CSNSW Band and staff marching down the main road at Long Bay Correctional Centre
Above: Long Bay Correctional Centre
Above: South Coast Correctional Centre
Above: General Manager Pat Aboud (left) and Assistant Commissioner Kevin Corcoran (third from left) at Long Bay
Above: CSNSW Protocol Officer Steve Frey and former CSNSW officer Greg Chapman-Oliver at the ANZAC Day march in Sydney
Above: Steve Frey from Corrective Services NSW (second from left) with his colleagues at the ANZAC Day march in Sydney
Above: Honour Guard at Long Bay Correctional Centre, ANZAC Day 2016