Hum­bling ex­pe­ri­ence

Ser­vice packed to the rafters

Central and North Burnett Times - - ANZAC DAY -

PEO­PLE had to be turned away from Mt Walsh at dawn last Thurs­day be­cause the morn­ing An­zac ser­vice was so pop­u­lar.

But for the hik­ers that made it to the top of Mt Walsh, the sun­rise was a spec­ta­cle not to be for­got­ten.

A large group par­tic­i­pated in this year's An­zac Day night hike and dawn ser­vice on the sum­mit. Peo­ple came from Bund­aberg, Mun­dub­bera and Gayn­dah, aswell as 25 peo­ple from the Biggenden area.

The weather was per­fect.

Stars and a full­moon­lit up the sky above, as the group of lights snaked its way up the steep slope.

The street lights of Biggenden and an oc­ca­sional ve­hi­cle gave par­tic­i­pants a sense of al­ti­tude.

Acool breeze and early morn­ing birds ac­com­pa­nied the dawn ser­vice, com­plete with play­ing of Last Post and National An­them.

Roslyn Rack­e­mann who un­der­took the Kokoda Track last year with hus­band Dar­ren said the dawn ser­vice on Mt Walsh was truly a mag­nif­i­cent and hum­bling ex­pe­ri­ence.

“The climb to the top on this spe­cial day al­lows you time to re­flect on what the soldiers from all con­flictswould have been ex­pe­ri­enc­ing and en­dur­ing for the ben­e­fit of us to­day.

“It al­lowed me to re­flect on my time on the Kokoda Track and once again re­alise the im­por­tance of the four pil­lars En­durance, Courage, Sac­ri­fice and Mate­ship,” she said.

“We are very lucky to have such a beau­ti­ful land­mark in our area and also to have such a won­der­ful bush leader as Moira Thomp­son.

“I en­cour­age ev­ery­one to ex­pe­ri­ence the dawn ser­vice at Biggenden,” she said.

Mrs Thomp­son ex­tended her thanks to Cr Lofty Wendt andNorth Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil, CEO Mark Pitt, for ac­com­mo­dat­ing the bush walk­ers by chang­ing the time of Biggenden An­zac pa­rade to 8.30am.

“This en­ables a safe de­scent of the moun­tain and the abil­ity of hik­ers to par­tic­i­pate in the Biggenden cer­e­mony,” she said.

Due to the over­whelm­ing amount of in­ter­est, and the safety lo­gis­tics, par­tic­i­pants in fu­ture events will be en­cour­aged to con­sider camp­ing on the sum­mit the night be­fore.

Photo: Con­trib­uted

RE­FLEC­TION: Dawn ser­vice on the sum­mit of MtWalsh is gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity, with peo­ple turned away this year.

Monto's Army Cadets at the dawn ser­vice.

Mayor Don Waugh and Monto RSL Sub Branch Pres­i­dent John at the town's me­mo­rial.

Mun­dub­bera State School cap­tains Nathan McLen­nan and Emma Haigh planted a rose­mary bush in the school's An­zac gar­den and stu­dents from each class placed wreaths dur­ing the school's ser­vice.

Teacher Kirsty McGovern con­ducts the choir as stu­dents sing about Aus­tralia's heroes march­ing at Mun­dub­bera State School's An­zac ser­vice.

Rev Carol Palmer and Mun­dub­bera RSL pres­i­dent John Og­den at the ceme­tery ser­vice as the sun rose on April 25.

Vet­eran Ken Scheuber An­zac Day march.

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Biggenden RSL Sub Branch pres­i­dent Kevin Mur­ree, Cr Lofty Wendt and guest speaker Rev Peter Taub­ner at the town's An­zac Day ser­vice in the grounds of the Me­mo­rial Hall.

Eric Hunt (left) and Adrian Booth (right) march down Cap­per St.

Boynewood State School stu­dents rep­re­sented their school on An­zac Day in Mun­dub­bera.

Alarge num­ber of Mun­dub­bera State P–10 stu­dents marched on An­zac Day.

Re­turned ser­vice­men and­women lead the An­zac Day march to the Ceno­taph in Mun­dub­bera.

Deputy mayor Faye Whe­lan places a poppy on the grave of re­turned ser­vice­man Dar­ryl Jenk­in­son in Mun­dub­bera on An­zac morn­ing.

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