Anzac initiative honoured
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.