Biggenden honours Anzacs
THE most significant event in the national calendar, Anzac Day was celebrated with well attended services across the district.
On Friday morning at Dallarnil State School staff led the ceremony. School captains and prep students planted shrubs to commemorate the day while all students sprinkled Anzac poppy seeds in the garden.
Special guests at the Biggenden State School service held at the recreated and relocated memorial was the 5th Australian Light Horse Regiment from Gympie along with retired warrant officer Bill Rough of Childers.
A touching moment was when the Years 9-10 students placed a poppy beside the name of each of the FirstWorldWar soldiers who died from the Biggenden area on large Victoria Cross cut-out.
Cr LoftyWendt described the dawn service at Degilbo as fantastic.
“When I arrived at 5am I couldn’t believe the number of cars already there,” he said.
“Being the first one, it was unknown how many would turn up.
“I thought maybe 30-40 but double that turned out.”
Guest speakers on Saturday at the town service were district school children who had
Dallarnil State School leaders Monica Hetherington and Jonah MacDonald with the plaque placed at the flagpole in time for Anzac Day.
Cr Lofty Wendt I couldn’t believe the number of cars.
researched a soldier from the area.
Monica Hetherington and Jonah MacDonald spoke about the Emery brothers of Dallarnil, Bailey Griffin about a family relative Allan Launchbury, Aiden Eggelston of George Seabrook and Max Corfield of George Morley. All soldiers still have relatives living in the area.
CrWendt said just like the Dallarnil school children who researched Paradise Township, their work is now on public view at the dam.
“This research has inadvertently generated a new group of children who have an understanding of military credentials of the area
“It was just brilliant,” he said.
Memorial Bridge on the Woolooga Rd hosted an informal service which included the planting of a Lone Pine and the upgrade of a shelter shed which included a dedication to district soldiers.
Leading the Biggenden Anzac Day service were Young Citizen of the Year Vanessa McIntyre, Biggenden RSL secretary Alex McNaughton, Biggenden RSL president Kevin Murree, Citizen of the Year Darren Geissler and Cr Lofty Wendt.
Brooweena residents on Anzac Day walk the Memorial Bridge to remember those who served in the First World War.
White twins, Aeddan and Catherine lay a wreath at the dawn service at Degilbo.
Biggenden State School children gathered for a photograph with the Gympie Light Horse troop.
LEST WE FORGET: Parade marshall Lofty Wendt steps out at the front of the marchers at Biggenden.