Anzac ser­vice pays trib­ute to horse­men

Western Times - - NEWS - Martin Volz

THIS year’s Anzac Day dawn ser­vice paid spe­cial trib­ute to the 1917 bat­tle of Beer­sheba.

Many western Queens­lan­ders, well-known for their horse skills, fought at Beer­sheba in Is­rael as part of a Light Horse reg­i­ment.

Charleville State High School’s Jenny Le, Year 10, pre­sented a speech about the bat­tle at the dawn ser­vice.

She touched on the mis­sion it­self and what it rep­re­sents for Aus­tralians to­day.

RSL sub-branch pres­i­dent Ge­orge Dono­hue, who served in Viet­nam from 1967–68, said Anzac Day was a time for re­mem­brance of ser­vice along­side mates.

Charleville’s Anzac Day dawn ser­vice drew more than 300 peo­ple.

RSL club pres­i­dent Greg Field said sup­port of Anzac Day con­tin­ued to grow through­out the coun­try be­cause of its mod­ern-day rel­e­vance, with Aus­tralian sol­diers cur­rently serv­ing in mil­i­tary con­flicts.

“Many peo­ple have a re­la­tion­ship with some­one

Many peo­ple (know) some­one who has served.

— Greg Field, RSL club pres­i­dent

who has served,” Mr Field said.

The dawn ser­vice fin­ished

with some live mu­sic to com­mem­o­rate Aus­tralian wartime he­roes.

PHOTO: MARTIN VOLZ

LEST WE FOR­GET: The catafalque party at the Charleville Anzac Day ser­vice on Tues­day.

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