Nagam­bie pays its re­spects

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS - Proof and Ex­per­i­men­tal Es­tab­lish­ments from Gray­town Cap­tain An­drew Cas­sar, Cap­tain Greg Sis­son, Puck­a­pun­yal scout Sophia Brooks (in front) with her dad Ma­jor Mathew Brooks be­hind her, OC P&EE Gray­town guest speaker, WO1 Chris Re­nall and Lance Cor­po­ral Luk

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

Ready:

Re­spect: Right:

Cer­e­mony: Diane Grant

Smiles:

Of­fi­ci­at­ing:

Big event:

Get­ting ready:

Proud: The An­zac Day march in the rain at Nagam­bie.

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