PAY­ING THEIR RE­SPECTS: Henry and Mar­garet Maris proudly dis­play their medals at the Charleville An­zac Day ser­vice.

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CHARLEVILLE com­mem­o­rated An­zac Day by hold­ing a dawn ser­vice, street march, un­veil­ing new ad­di­tions to the ceno­taph and bury­ing a time cap­sule.

Viet­nam War vet­eran Terry O’Con­nell was this year’s guest speaker and spoke about the im­por­tance of teach­ing the younger gen­er­a­tion about An­zac Day.

AS THE Last Post rang out and the sun be­gan to rise, Charleville gath­ered to com­mem­o­rate An­zac Day.

More than 300 peo­ple made their way to the ceno­taph at 5am for the dawn ser­vice to re­mem­ber all past and present ser­vice­men and women who rep­re­sented Aus­tralia.

This year’s An­zac Day reached a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone as it com­mem­o­rated 100 years since the end of World War I.

Charleville’s ceno­taph had a new look this year, with the ad­di­tion of the An­zac Re­mem­brance Wall be­ing un­veiled at the dawn ser­vice.

The An­zac Re­mem­brance Wall project was co-or­di­nated by the Charleville Cul­tural As­so­ci­a­tion and Charleville RSL Sub-branch who se­cured fund­ing through Com­mu­nity Ben­e­fit Fund­ing.

“We came up with idea to do some­thing to com­mem­o­rate the cen­te­nary of the An­zacs, so we ap­plied to Com­mu­nity Ben­e­fit Fund­ing which we were suc­cess­ful for and from there we de­vel­oped the idea of the wall af­ter talk­ing to the RSL com­mit­tee,” Charleville Cul­tural As­so­ci­a­tion mem­ber Allison Ed­wards said.

“Ur­ban De­sign Sys­tems de­signed the art­work for the laser cut steel, which spans 100 years of An­zacs and in­cor­po­rates all the arm ser­vices through­out the years.

“Colin Ma­her was our builder and Brock Wright was the light­ing elec­tri­cian who helped bring the project to­gether.”

Mr Ma­her and Ms Ed­wards said it was a com­mu­nity project they felt they needed to do for the past and present ser­vice­men in the com­mu­nity.

This year’s guest speaker at the dawn ser­vice and the 10am ser­vice was past lo­cal Terry O’Con­nell.

Mr O’Con­nell was con­scripted into the army in 1969 and served in the Viet­nam War in 1970-1971.

“I was a Na­tional Ser­vice man and con­scripted through the birth­day bal­lot and un­for­tu­nately my num­ber came out and I was one of the 16,000 con­scripts who went to Viet­nam.

“To­day was an hon­our be­cause I am hum­bled in re­ceiv­ing the in­vi­ta­tion to be the guest speaker and it was good to come back here, plus my mum and dad are here and do a lot of work for the RSL club.”

Mr O’Con­nell was only 19 when he was sent to Viet­nam and said it was im­por­tant the younger gen­er­a­tions learnt about what hap­pened.

“My­self be­ing a con­script, I tried to por­tray to the younger gen­er­a­tions that the govern­ment forced us into the army, we were only 19 and were sent to a place we didn't know and for what rea­son? It leaves a bit­ter taste and it is im­por­tant to let them know what hap­pened so they are aware of how lucky they are.”

Iwasa Na­tional Ser­vice man and con­scripted through the birth­day bal­lot and un­for­tu­nately my num­ber came out and I was one of the 16,000 con­scripts who went to Viet­nam. — Terry O’Con­nell

Charleville An­zac Day march down Wills St.


LEST WE FOR­GET: Henry Maris and Bob Som­mer­field at the Charleville An­zac Day ser­vice.

Red Cross nurses take part in the march.

Ste­wart Sloan plays the Last Post.


AN­ZAC SPIRIT: Bob Som­mer­field is sur­rounded by his fam­ily af­ter the Charleville An­zac Day ser­vice.

Charleville emer­gency ser­vices pay their re­spects in the An­zac Day march.

The crowd stands dur­ing the Charleville An­zac Day ser­vice.

The 23 Squadron stands tall in the Charleville march. RIGHT: Henry Maris takes part in the An­zac Day pa­rade.

Clara Alexan­der waves the Aus­tralian flag in the An­zac march.

A som­bre An­zac Day dawn ser­vice in Charleville.

Charleville State School pre­pares for the An­zac Day march.

Past ser­vice­men march in the An­zac Day pa­rade.

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