Time for re­flec­tion

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS - By Alison O'Con­nor The me­mo­rial gar­dens at Sey­mour District Me­mo­rial Hospital were look­ing a pic­ture for the mov­ing dawn ser­vice yes­ter­day morn­ing.

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:

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