PATRIOTS: Member of the Patriots Motor Cycle Club Men from Snowy River Chapter all former servicemen at the Delegate Anzac Dawn Service. It was a cold and foggy morning when about 40 people gathered at the Memorial Gates in Delegate to commemorate Anzac Day with a Dawn Service.
The service was conducted by Delegate RSL sub branch president Phil Pope who told the moving story of AB ATAWL Eric Kremm who was a brake number on an A4 Skyhawk Jet flying off the HMAS Melbourne.
Prominent in the crowd were members of the Patriots Motor Cycle Club who travelled from around Victoria and the ACT to commemorate Anzac Day in Delegate.
The Patriots Motorcycle Club Australiais a Military Motorcycle Club for regular, reserve and ex-serving members of the Australian or Allied Defence Forces (Army, Navy and Air Force).
Among some of the Patriots wereGary ‘Tiger’ Lyons, Corey ‘Matrix’ Sutton, Steve ‘Sledge’ Boyce, Daniel ‘Shortstraw’ Driffill, Dave ‘Wally’ Walter, Alan ‘Kiwi’ Sjaarda and Kevin ‘Maddog’ Edwards.
After the Dawn Service everyone was invited back to the Delegate Hotel for a shotgun breakfast.
The Patriots also took part in the Delegate Anzac Day parade that marched from the Delegate Cenotaph to the Memorial Gatesfor the main service at 11am.
About 150 people attended the day service with Delegate RSL sub branch president, Phil Pople saying he thought the whole day went off extremely well.
“I gave ashort prologue in which I like to mention current conflicts because I like to be inclusive of our younger veterans,” he said.
“Delegate members of the Bombala Rotary and Community Choir sang ‘The Recessional’ with Delegate Public School students reading the prayers.
Brigid Dunn read the Prayer of Thanksgiving; Bowen Farran the Prayer for the Queen and Jaidyn Clear read the Prayer for the Nation.
Year 8 Bombala High student, Russell Jamieson did the Commemoration and Jane Sellers read a letter from the front.
“So many community members contributed to the days success, there are too many to mention, but I am extremely grateful to them all,” Mr Pope said.
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