Nagambie pays its respects
The Nagambie community came together on April 25 to show the spirit of national unity for Anzac Day.
Personnel from the School of Armour at Puckapunyal and Proof and Experimental Establishment Graytown (P&EE) represented the Australian Army at the service.
Nagambie RSL president Mr Keall presided over the service in the Mechanics Hall with prayers and hymns observed in front of the 200 people that attended the service.
Strathbogie Shire Mayor Amanda McLaren and Councillor Deb Swan represented the shire at the Anzac proceedings, with Major Gail Rowse from Puckapunyal’s Tobruk Barracks leading the singing of the national anthem while the Lakeside Larks choir supported the hymns.
Ex-soldier Mark Thomas and family came to Nagambie from Tallangatta to support his son Private Benjamin Thomas in the Catafalque party.
The veteran community, schools, emergency service personnel, Lions Club, residents and many visitors braved the cold and wet day to pay their respects.
Major Mathew Brooks, Officer Commanding of P&EE, was the guest speaker and two school students’ essays were read during the ceremony — Lexie Kleinigs from Nagambie Primary School and Daisy Loughnane from St Joseph’s School, Nagambie.
The clouds burst open just as the march began, but Parade Commander P&EE Graytown’s captain Greg Sisson led the march proudly with the flag bearers, RSL and other veterans paving the way for other marchers to follow.
Nagambie resident Ana Williams was visited by her parents from New Zealand. Her father David Vujcich, a Kiwi Ex Royal New Zealand Air Force man, and two of his grand-daughters Brooke and Cerise took part in the street march, proudly wearing his military medals.
At the cenotaph ceremony, the Catafalque Party Commander Corporal Sean Lysaght from the School of Armour, commanded his party to mount the cenotaph area and they gallantly conducted their ceremonial duties in the downpour.
The soldiers were Private Alex Baglee, Private Cody Brasher, Private Brenton Blum, Trooper Jai Johnsen and Trooper Benjamin Thomas.
Wreaths were laid in memory of those who paid the supreme sacrifice then the Ode, Last Post, Rouse and the national anthem completed the ceremony.
— Diane Grant
Ceremony: Diane Grant
Proud: The Anzac Day march in the rain at Nagambie.