by S Lowe 5THE FM newsonline wattlerangenow
The Anzac Day March was attended by several hundred people, following a well attended dawn services of an estimated 400. Those taking part in the March assembled in George Street at 10-15am ready for a 10-30am start, marching to the Cross of Sacrifice where the Service began at 10-45am.
Travelling in style in vehicles of the war era were returned soldiers Fred Ellis, Henry Hawke, Bruce Clayson, Mick Sherrin, Jack Kent and the Legacy Ladies.
RSL President Steven Tidy said, ” it was a wonderful turn out, I think it gets bigger every year and that’s just great.”
The March included Members of the SA Police, CFS,SES, Millicent Scouts, Legacy Women and the RSL.
President Steven Tidy led the service thanking people for attending and introduced Hon Mitch Williams Member for MacKillop who delivered a sombre message about the names he has seen appear on Memorials around Australia. He said that in recent travels he and wife Leonie visited many Australian towns and made sure they sought out the memorial in each town as they travelled. He said it was important to remember that this was not a day to celebrate but to commemorate.
Mr Tidy asked every one to observe a minutes silence.
Anglican Church representative Fred Smith gave the address with the message from Psalm 46 and then the Benediction.
The service also included the playing of the last post and the raising and lowering of the flags during the service.
This was followed by Mayor Peter Gandolfi’s tribute to one of the regions fallen; John Alan Redford, a full report follows this article.
Christine Larson summed up the day this way, “When I see all these medals here today I just want to go up each person and say thankyou.”
The Wreath Laying Ceremony and Mayor Gandolfi’s Tribute to Alan Redford follows this report.