AROUND 200 people came to celebrate the dawn service atStandley Park, Wudinna fromat 6.30am on Monday.
This year, Australians commemorated the 101stanniversary of the landing of soldiersat Gallipoli in 1915.The service paid respect to those who served and were lost during the war, as well as the wars that followed, and those still serving for Australia today.
Each year the numbers are growing, which is something that is occurring throughout the region,a positive sign that those who have served for Australia will not be forgotten.
About 80 breakfasts of bacon and eggswere served in the community club afterwards where dawn service attendees could go to reflect on the service and enjoy a breakfast together.Wudinna RSL president Michael Weeks led in singing the hymn Eternal Father.
He then introduced Pastor David Schache who said the Lord’s Prayer, gave the scripture reading and spoke about the sacrifices people have made to allow us to enjoy our enviable lifestyle in Australia.
Young people are learning of the enormous sacrifices made long before they were born which gives them the wonderful lifestyle that people often take for granted today.This was followed by the prayer of remembrance and placing of wreaths, Last Post and oneminute’s silence before the president gave the familiar “they shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old.”
“Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn…” And everyone responded with “We will remember them”.
The national anthem for Australia and New Zealand was then played.
It was pleasing to see the RSL secretary Maurice Bartley attend.
“Maurie” will have his 100thbirthday next month, and he has served in this position for the last 20 years, this is the first year he hasn’t been actively involved in the order of service.Tim Scholz played the organ and this was much appreciated.
Thanks too to those in the community club who worked hard to provide the breakfast.
Wudinna community members truly displayed the spirit of Anzac at the dawn service on Monday.
The service is a valuable tradition in the community as is evident by the continued rise in attendance every year.
Money donated will go to the war veteran homes for widows and children.
ANZAC: RSL president Micheal Weeks, secretary Maurice Bartley and Wes Jericho.
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