Time for reflection
Residents stopped, paused and reflected on the service and sacrifice of those who have defended our nation and our values in Anzac Day services across the district yesterday.
Hundreds braved the wet conditions to attend the touching dawn service at the memorial gardens at Seymour District Memorial Hospital, while another enormous crowd gathered at Seymour’s main march for the day in Anzac Ave later in the morning.
The march made its way down to the Cenotaph, led by an armoured vehicle and police escort, before the traditional Anzac Day commemoration ceremony was witnessed by the more than 500 people that attended.
Local schools and community groups laid wreaths at the Cenotaph, before the march returned back to Seymour RSL, where lunch was served and two-up was to be played.
Services were also held in neighbouring towns, marking the 102nd anniversary of the ANZAC landing at Anzac Cove.
That landing began an eightmonth campaign where more than 50 000 Australians are estimated to have fought, some 8700 lost their lives and almost 18 000 were wounded.
Veterans Minister Dan Tehan said Anzac Day was a special day in the life of our country when we reflect on the service and sacrifice of the Australians who have served in our armed forces.
‘‘In towns and cities around the country and at commemorations around the world, Australians will attend services to salute the bravery, mateship and sacrifice of the men and women who have defended our freedoms and values,’’ Mr Tehan said.
‘‘Anzac Day is a time to reflect on the thousands of Australian lives cut short by war and conflict and the terrible cost paid by families, communities and our nation.’’
Lest we forget:
Local war veterans form part of the march during yesterday’s Anzac Day commemorations in Seymour.
Marching with pride: