Hon­our­ing our An­zacs

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An­zac Day is a day of re­mem­brance, one of both joy and sad­ness, al­low­ing us to re­mem­ber the fallen sol­diers who have fought for our free­dom.

Cer­e­monies were held across the South­ern Rive­rina cap­tured once again the true mean­ing of An­zac Day, and what it means to be Aus­tralian.

Lo­cals and vis­i­tors gath­ered for dawn ser­vices, street marches and mov­ing cer­e­monies to com­mem­o­rate and cel­e­brate our sol­diers.

At Fin­ley, an emo­tional cer­e­mony was held with many wreaths put to rest at the ceno­taph at Me­mo­rial Park.

Of all the wreaths, was one laid by the tiny mem­bers of the Fin­ley Pony Club (pic­tured).

Res­i­dents took the time to re­mem­ber those who have made the supreme sac­ri­fice over the years.

Cer­e­monies held across the South­ern Rive­rina cap­tured the true mean­ing of An­zac Day, and what it means to be Aus­tralian.

Lo­cals and vis­i­tors gath­ered for dawn ser­vices, street marches and mov­ing cer­e­monies to com­mem­o­rate and cel­e­brate our sol­diers.

Fin­ley hon­oured its bravest in an emo­tional ser­vice at Me­mo­rial Park.

In Fin­ley, res­i­dents took the time to re­mem­ber those who have made the supreme sac­ri­fice over the years.

An­zac ser­vices were well at­tended with even more younger mem­bers of the com­mu­nity be­com­ing in­volved.

At the Fin­ley ser­vice spe­cial guest Cpt Michael Lew­ing­ton from Ban­di­ana spoke to the crowd, while at the dawn ser­vice Fed­eral Mem­ber for Far­rer Sussan Ley was in at­ten­dance lay­ing a wreath to hon­our the fallen.

At Ber­ri­gan, a strong crowd braved the cold in or­der to pay their re­spects to the lo­cal dig­gers.

A ser­vice was held in the Me­mo­rial Hall were the crowd heard the chil­dren from St Columba’s and Ber­ri­gan Pri­mary sing The Last An­zac and Rusty, It’s Good­bye.

The crowd was also treated to the vo­cals of lo­cal An­thony Pen­hall.

War­rant Of­fi­cer Delsie Mowbray from Ban­di­ana was the guest speaker.

The An­zac Day cer­e­monies in Jer­ilderie were very well at­tended with around 30 at­tend­ing the dawn ser­vice, and a big crowd at the mid-morn­ing ser­vice which in­cluded the march.

Guest speaker at the Civic hall was Cap­tain Adrian Sweat­man from Ban­di­ana Army Base.

The Last Post was played to a crowd of hun­dreds as on­look­ers paid their re­spects to those who had sac­ri­ficed their lives.

At the lo­cal cer­e­monies, there was a no­tice­able trend which was the grow­ing num­ber of school chil­dren march­ing in school uni­form to recog­nise the great achieve­ment of Aus­tralian sol­diers.

Many wore their grand­par­ent’s war medals on their chest with pride.

Robert Smith, Fin­lay Dawe, Col Drury and Eddie Be­van at the Fin­ley An­zac Day cer­e­mony.

Cpt Michael Lew­ing­ton salut­ing the Fin­ley Ceno­taph at Me­mo­rial Park.

Fin­ley St Joseph stu­dent Max Brad­bury hold­ing the com­mem­o­ra­tive wreath.

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