Dou­glas thanks all who served

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

FROM Cow Bay to Port Dou­glas and up to Mt Mol­loy, peo­ple turned out in thou­sands to ob­serve An­zac Day in the district.

The pro­ceed­ings be­gan with the pre-dawn ser­vice at Cow Bay.

Around 800 peo­ple took part in the dawn ser­vice at Moss­man Ceno­taph. Although it was the 102nd an­niver­sary of the land­ings at Gal­lipoli, this year Mayor Ju­lia Leu shifted the em­pha­sis more to­ward the pro­tracted agony of the fight­ing in France in World War I.

“It is 100 years since Aus­tralia led the way into the killing fields of the Western Front,” Mayor Leu said, “and 46,000 Aus­tralians died, of those 18,000 have no known grave.”

Mayor Leu spoke of the Bat­tle of Bul­le­court where Aus­tralian sol­diers were left stranded and with­out sup­port.

Men­tion was also made of the bat­tles of Ypres, Messines and Pass­chen­daele and the Light Horse­men in Pales­tine.

Pres­i­dent of the Moss­man RSL Sub-Branch, Mr Ron Sav­age spoke of the “hor­rific loss of life” at An­zac Cove.

“We have to make this na­tion wor­thy of their sac­ri­fice and we must ac­cept how easy it could all hap­pen again and we would need to call on the spirit of the An­zacs.”

Fr Ken­neth Lay of St David’s Angli­can Church de­liv­ered the An­zac Day Prayer and Ron Sav­age gave the An­zac Oath. Ms Kaela Trewick per­formed The Last Post and Reveille.

Petty Of­fi­cer Kelly Hod­gens led a con­tin­gent from HMAS Cairns and placed the first wreath on the ceno­taph fol­lowed by the Mayor and com­mu­nity and ser­vice groups. Schools also were rep­re­sented, lay­ing wreaths made by stu­dents.

At the con­clu­sion of the cer­e­mony, break­fast was served by the lo­cal State Emer­gency Ser­vices per­son­nel in the high school in­door sports cen­tre.

In Port Dou­glas sev­eral thou­sand lo­cals and vis­i­tors thronged the main street for the march and then to An­zac Park.

The small naval con­tin­gent from HMAS Cairns was prom­i­nent, as they were in Moss­man ear­lier.

As usual, the ser­vices later re­tired to the CWA Hall for morn­ing tea. But many oth­ers found their way to the tra­di­tional two-up game at the Cen­tral Ho­tel, which was rolling along by 11am.


The Clus­ter School’s Choir sang The Last An­zac


En­ter­ing Mt Mol­loy


The emer­gency ser­vices looked smart in their dark uni­forms

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