Anzac ini­tia­tive hon­oured

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - REPORTER | AUSTRALIA DAY RECOGNITION - David Charlesworth

IN recog­ni­tion of their com­mit­ment to hon­our­ing the vet­er­ans of con­flicts past and present, the or­gan­is­ers of Bruns­wick Junc­tion’s Anzac Day ser­vices were pre­sented the Ac­tive Cit­i­zen­ship Award at the Aus­tralia Day cel­e­bra­tions.

Judy Tal­bot, a found­ing mem­ber of the or­gan­is­ing group, ac­cepted the award on its be­half, with the vol­un­teers hav­ing come to­gether 23 years ago to hold the ser­vices.

No ser­vice had been held in the town for 20 years prior to the group’s ac­tion and the first cer­e­mony was at­tended by 83 peo­ple at the town hall.

A tra­di­tion was also started on that first year. Prior to the ser­vices, Alma Cata­lano had laid flow­ers each year for her late hus­band at the Anzac Gates.

That ded­i­ca­tion was in­cor­po­rated into the ser­vice and is con­tin­ued by the fam­ily each year.

For the first ser­vices the town only had Anzac Gates but fol­low- ing grant ap­pli­ca­tions a war memo­rial was erected in 2005 and fur­ther grants funded a lime­stone gar­den bed.

An Av­enue of Hon­our to the 13 World War I ser­vice­men who did not re­turn home to Bruns­wick was ded­i­cated in 2015.

The same year the Har­vey Re­turned and Ser­vices League pre­sented the com­mu­nity of Bruns­wick with a cer­tifi­cate of ap­pre­ci­a­tion for their sup­port of Anzac Day and Re­mem­brance Day and their up­keep of the memo­rial.

Judy Tal­bot ac­cepts the Ac­tive Ci­ti­zen Award on be­half of Anzac Day ser­vice vol­un­teers from Bruns­wick Lions pres­i­dent Murray Pig­gott.

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