Benalla Ensign

Hec Waller honoured

- By Simon Ruppert

A Memorial Service to honour distinguis­hed Benalla naval officer Hec Waller, was held at the Botanical Gardens on Sunday, February 27.

Hec Waller had an eminent naval career that culminated in him being lost at sea in 1942.

A lasting memorial in the gardens features a granite base with bronze swirl, depicting the disturbanc­e made by a ship sinking below the water.

A brass sailor and captains cap are partially submerged in the rock with remembranc­e poppies not only in honour of Captain Waller, but to others lost at sea.

Members of Benalla RSL were joined by Benalla Mayor Bernie Hearn, Cr Danny Claridge, representa­tives from several local groups and members of the public at the service.

It featured prayers and speeches from locals who had served their country.

And was concluded with a flag raising before Benalla RSL member Delano Dube sang the Australian and American national anthems.

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 ?? ?? Half mast (left): The Australian flag was raised during the service.
Never forget (right): Representa­tives of a number of local groups laid a wreath at the Cenotaph.
Half mast (left): The Australian flag was raised during the service. Never forget (right): Representa­tives of a number of local groups laid a wreath at the Cenotaph.
 ?? ?? Allies: Benalla’s Del Dube sang the Australian and American National Anthems.
Allies: Benalla’s Del Dube sang the Australian and American National Anthems.
 ?? ?? Lasting tribute: A Memorial Service to honour Hec Waller, was held at the Botanical Gardens on Sunday.
Lasting tribute: A Memorial Service to honour Hec Waller, was held at the Botanical Gardens on Sunday.
 ?? Cenotaph. ?? Showing respect: An RSL member lays a wreath at the
Cenotaph. Showing respect: An RSL member lays a wreath at the
 ?? ?? Solemn: Members of the community with Cr Danny Claridge and Mayor Bernie Hearn at the service.
Solemn: Members of the community with Cr Danny Claridge and Mayor Bernie Hearn at the service.
 ?? ?? Benalla RSL: Former President Jeff Lewis at the memorial.
Benalla RSL: Former President Jeff Lewis at the memorial.
 ?? ?? Respect: A lone trumpet player at the service.
Respect: A lone trumpet player at the service.
 ?? ?? Rememberin­g: Benalla Mayor Bernie Hearn.
Rememberin­g: Benalla Mayor Bernie Hearn.

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