Cold morn­ing no de­ter­rent

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - ANZAC DAY SPECIAL -

ON a chilly and still Anzac Day morn­ing, mem­bers of the Yar­loop com­mu­nity awaited sun­rise and the Dawn Ser­vice to pay their re­spects to ser­vice­men and women through­out Aus­tralia’s his­tory.

Just be­fore 6am, the veter­ans’ march be­gan with mem­bers of the 10th Light Horse Bun­bury Troop lead­ing the col­umn and horse Harry bear­ing the tra­di­tional empty sad­dle with boots re­versed in the stir­rups, rep­re­sent­ing the fallen.

Veter­ans and mem­bers of the Yar­loop Bush­fire Brigade re­mained stand­ing in col­umn in front of the memo­rial as the catafalque party of sailors from the HMAS Stir­ling formed up around the obelisk.

Yar­loop Bush­fire Brigade sec­re­tary and trea­surer Stephen Cook wel­come the nearly 400-strong crowd to the ser­vice.

Trent Ather­ton from Har­vey Se­nior High School read with Mr Cook a poem by Hum­bert Wolfe, The Sol­dier.

Yar­loop stu­dents read the roll of lo­cal ser­vice­men and women with the bell rung for each sol­dier who did not re­turn home.

Yar­loop’s old­est vet­eran Harry Black­burn re­cited the Ode to Re­mem­brance and Ken Top­per­wein, for­merly a Yar­loop res­i­dent and Bush­fire Brigade mem­ber re­turned for the cer­e­mony and played the Last Post and Reveille.

Af­ter the cer­e­mony, the com­mu­nity gath­ered for the gun­fire break­fast with sausages from the Bush­fire brigade and cof­fee and muffins from the Rock­ing­ham Pho­tog­ra­phy Club.

Har­vey Se­nior High School stu­dents Trent Ather­ton, 12, Re­becca Wood, 17 and Mon­tana Mor­ris, 9, takes part in the ser­vice read­ing the roll call of Yar­loop ser­vice­men and women.

Bun­bury 10th Light Horse Troop mem­bers Mick Hayter, of Bun­bury, with horse Harry bear­ing the empty sad­dle, Daniel Mc­Don­ald, of Bun­bury, rid­ing Banjo, Harry Ball, of Uduc, rid­ing Bluey and Brian Be­vans, of Uduc, on Lucky.

Bu­gler Ken Top­per­wein, from the Yar­loop Vol­un­teer Bush­fire Brigade, plays the Reveille as the catafalque party stands to at­ten­tion.

St Joseph Pri­mary School stu­dents Amelia Cook, 10, and Ge­orgina Wil­liams, 9, ring the bell in mem­ory of ser­vice­men who did not re­turn home from con­flicts.

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