A day to re­mem­ber

The Cobram Courier - - ANZAC DAY 2018 - By Pa­trick Tansey

‘‘We will re­mem­ber them.’’ It is a sim­ple phrase but per­haps the most pow­er­ful words we hear each An­zac Day.

This An­zac Day, the peo­ple of Co­bram and Ba­rooga most cer­tainly re­mem­bered, turn­ing out in droves to pay their re­spects to all those who have fallen in com­bat to pro­tect our peace, free­dom and democ­racy.

A large crowd gath­ered at the Co­bram and Dis­trict War Memo­rial be­fore light for the dawn ser­vice.

School chil­dren lined the streets along­side more el­derly folk, a lot of whom were proudly dis­play­ing war medals, to watch the tra­di­tional march from Sta­tion St to the war memo­rial.

Co­bram-Ba­rooga RSL sub­branch pres­i­dent Rob Brown said the whole day was a great suc­cess.

‘‘I thought it was ex­cel­lent. A lot of peo­ple said to me it was the best one we have ever had,’’ Mr Brown said.

‘‘Ev­ery­thing worked to plan. The fly-over by John Wil­liams and Chris (Dozer) Brooks was fan­tas­tic, the wreaths were great, ev­ery­one spoke well, the clergy were happy and the re­fresh­ments were very nice in the Civic Cen­tre, so no com­plaints from me.

‘‘I was very pleased with the dawn ser­vice crowd. A lot of peo­ple who come to the dawn ser­vice don’t nec­es­sar­ily come to the main one, but that’s all right. They all came and paid their re­spects at some stage and I think that is the most im­por­tant thing to re­mem­ber.’’

Mr Brown hopes An­zac Day will al­ways re­main a show­case event on the Aus­tralian cal­en­dar.

‘‘I hope An­zac Day never dies be­cause young peo­ple need to learn about it,’’ he said.

‘‘I am con­fi­dent it will never get to that point.’’

An event of such mag­ni­tude de­mands a huge ef­fort to or­gan­ise and Mr Brown said one of the best things about the day was the way the com­mu­nity ral­lied to­gether to en­sure it was en­joy­able for ev­ery­one.

‘‘We are pleased with the amount of com­mu­nity in­volve­ment and of course all the clubs around town who get in­volved,’’ he said.

‘‘We can’t speak more highly of the Apex club, the Ro­tary club, the pipe band, the brass band, all the RSL mem­bers and the com­mem­o­ra­tion com­mit­tee for all the hard work they put in to make the day such a great one.’’

A change in phi­los­o­phy to­wards how the day should be co­or­di­nated a few years’ back has helped it thrive, ac­cord­ing to Mr Brown.

‘‘The com­mem­o­ra­tion com­mit­tee was set up to get the com­mu­nity on board be­cause it was get­ting too much for just the RSL and my­self. But now it is a real team ef­fort, which is great,’’ he said.

We will re­mem­ber them: Co­bram-Ba­rooga RSL sub-branch pres­i­dent Rob Brown speaks at the dawn ser­vice.

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