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