Time to pay tribute
Members of the Tatura RSL sub branch have completed a working bee at Mactier Memorial Garden ahead of the annual Anzac Day celebrations next week.
‘‘We do this around every six months,’’ sub branch member Mal Watts said.
A dedicated group dusted cobwebs and fallen leaves off the statue of Tatura’s VC recipient Robert Mactier, oiled the wooden benches surrounding the memorial and cleaned behind the panels covering the memorial information.
Proceedings will begin at 5.30 am this year where there will be an assembly for the dawn service at Mactier Memorial Garden.
This year’s celebration, however, will also feature a special unveiling of two plaques dedicated to Tatura and district residents who served overseas during the Boer and Korean Wars.
‘‘They will contain the nominal roll of the persons born or residing in Tatura and district who served overseas,’’ Mr Watt said.
Tatura RSL sub branch vice president Robert Mathieson said this year’s dawn service would be graced by the musical talent of local Sarah Brown.
‘‘We’ll be having a lone bugler — local girl Sarah Brown,’’ he said.
‘‘She and her husband also do the Echuca service, so she will just be attending the dawn service.’’
The annual parade will also be held, departing from Victory Hall along Hogan Street to the Mactier Memorial Garden, which will be followed by the main service.
‘‘In that parade there will be a Legacy banner and we are inviting all war widows to participate in the parade under that banner; transport will be provided,’’ Mr Watts said.
Anzac Day service times
5.30 am: Assembly for the Dawn Service; Mactier Memorial Gardens, Hogan St and Flanagan Place 9.30 am: Two plaques commemorating the Boer and KoreanWars to be unveiled; MactierMemorial Gardens, Hogan St and Flanagan Place 10.30 am: Assembly for the annual street parade; outside VictoryHall, Hogan St 11 am: Main Service; Mactier Memorial Gardens, Hogan St and Flanagan Place
Respect: Two World War II jeeps, driven by Geoff Reed and Robert Ferguson, carrying diggers, lead Tatura’s Anzac Day march down Hogan St last year.
Kicker: Garth McMahon, Vince Vincitorio, Mal Watts, and Ollie and Robert Mathieson spruced up the Mactier Memorial Garden last week ahead of Anzac Day. Picture: Tara Whitsed
Paying tribute: Lieutenant Hugh Johnston and Tatura RSL president Mark Sommers prepare to take the salute on Anzac Day last year.