We will re­mem­ber them


Heath­cote RSL sub­branch pres­i­dent Miles Humphrey pauses to pay his re­spects af­ter lay­ing a wreath at the ceno­taph.

ABOUT 100 res­i­dents paid their re­spects at the Heath­cote Re­mem­brance Day ser­vice on Satur­day.

The ser­vice held at the Heath­cote RSL Hall in­cluded stu­dents from lo­cal schools as well as spe­cial guests Councillor Yvonne Wrig­glesworth and Cap­tain Aaron Ridge­way from the School of Ar­tillery at Puck­a­pun­yal.

Wreaths were laid at the foot of the ceno­taph along with pop­pies to re­mem­ber all those who died dur­ing con­flicts in which Aus­tralia has been in­volved.

Heath­cote RSL sub-branch pres­i­dent Miles Humphrey said while the event was slightly smaller than some years, res­i­dents were happy to stay around.

“The num­bers were slightly down, how­ever peo­ple stayed for quite a few hours af­ter to have a chat and catch up,” Mr Humphrey said.

“This year was the cen­te­nary of the worst year in the First World War; it was also the 75th an­niver­sary of the Bat­tle of Milne Bay and Aus­tralia’s ef­forts in the Kokoda cam­paign.

“The up­grad­ing of the me­mo­rial meant we were able to com­mem­o­rate bat­tles in Iraq, Afghanistan and Aus­tralian peace­keep­ing mis­sions.

“That is es­pe­cially im­por­tant as this year marks the 70th an­niver­sary of Aus­tralia’s in­volve­ment in peace­keep­ing ef­forts.’’

City of Greater Bendigo councillor Yvonne Wrig­glesworth said Heath­cote has strong com­mu­nity sup­port to­wards com­mem­o­ra­tions.

“Heath­cote RSL is such a strong branch, and as a part of City of Greater Bendigo we’re proud to show our sup­port to re­mem­ber those who’ve served,” Ms Wrig­glesworth said.

“To see the as­sem­bly of peo­ple here today was just won­der­ful, Heath­cote has such a strong legacy.

“There’s al­ways a great amount of peo­ple at these events in Heath­cote. The sup­port for AN­ZAC and Re­mem­brance Day is over­whelm­ing.”

City of Greater Bendigo councillor Yvonne Wrig­glesworth, Ma­jella Roberts, rep­re­sent­ing the Holy Rosary School, Heath­cote and Tay­lor Maiden who rep­re­sented Heath­cote Pri­mary School.

Vivienne Ar­nett-Dun­lop plays the lament ‘Flow­ers of the For­est’.

Wreaths at the Heath­cote ceno­taph.

Cap­tain Aaron Ridge­way from Puck­a­pun­yal's School of Ar­tillery with Blake Maiden who hopes to join the armed forces one day.

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