DIGGERS FOREVER: WW2 veterans come together for Anzac Day – Harry Dorsman, Bruce Read, Charlie Bruce, Reigh Lewis and Michael Comino.Seated in the front row at the Anzac Dayservice held at the Civic Green were five proud World War Two veterans.
They gave plenty of cheek to passers-by and family members which was very enjoyable to watch and hear because the average age of the group would have been a touch over 90 years.
All the men Harry Dorsman, Bruce Read, Charlie Bruce, Reigh Lewis and Michael Comino saw active service in New Guinea and the Pacific during the war.
They are the epitome of what Anzac Day means –they fought for this country and came home to build a life for themselves and their families.
Reigh, the cheekiest of the quintet watched his great grand daughter Ebony Ford lead the Singleton High School students in the parade and later place a wreath during the ceremony.
And it was this theme of fighting the foe and returning home to build a successful community in Australia thatthe Singleton School of Infantry’sRegimental Sergeant Major, Warrant Officer Class 1 John Stonebridgespoke about in his Anzac Day address.
He told those gathered on the Civic Green, in perfect autumn weather, to never forget the courage and commitment given by the Australia’s service men and women.
“We must honour their contributions to our society,” he said.
WWO1 Stonebridge quoted the lateformer Prime Minister and WW2 veteran John Gorton who said the best thing our society could do to honour the fallen was to secure advances in this country.
“Gorton wanted to see Australia takes its place in the world –a foundation which was laid in war but will be built in peace,” he said.
“We must quest for excellence to be worthy of their wartime efforts.
“And to be respectful of them we must also be respectful of each other –play sport with a sporting attitude.”
On closing WWO1 Stonebridge said we must all treasure Anzac Day and take up the challenge of peace.
Singleton RSL Sub-Branch president Mick McCrone reminded everyone the branch, the oldest surviving one in NSW,will be celebrating its centenary in 2018.
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