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Dawn Service attended by hundreds

2014-04-25 07.23.00

 Henry Hawke and his grand-daughter Scarlet

Henry is in his 89th year and today was Scarlet’s first Anzac Day with her grandfather.

by S Lowe 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow

As dawn broke over Millicent this morning,  an estimated 400 people assembled at the Cross of Sacrifice to honour Anzac Day and all those who gave so much. Generations came to honour those they remember. The squirl of the bagpipes cut through the still crisp air to begin the service.

” What am I doing here, I should be home in my nice warm bed” said President of the RSL Steven Tidy -saying many a young soldier must have had these same thoughts.

Pastor Arthur Tzanakis gave the message saying the Australian and New Zealand service men and women imortalized ANZAC and began the tradition of self service, self sacrifice and all that is the best in human nature, “we must continue to honour those who gave so much, taking up the burdens of the fallen with the same courage. Put our hands to the  tasks unfinished and with God’s help make the world a better and happier place.”

He read form the Bible John 15: 12-13 Jesus said – ‘Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friend.’

This followed with the lowering of the flags and the bugler’s last post.

The RSL hall was filled to capacity for the traditional breakfast of mince on toast with laced coffee.

The ANZAC March will begin to day in George Street at 10-30am and will be broadcast live on 5 THE FM 107.7.

The service, following the March at the Cross of Sacrifice will be broadcast live also.

For those unable to attend please tune to 107.7 this morning for a program of music from WWII era with Courtney in the studio, followed by the live broadcast beginning at 10-30am with John and Rebekah at the Cross of Sacrifice.




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