Time to pay trib­ute

The Tatura Guardian - - News -

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.

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