The Free Press (Corowa)
Volunteers hang Roos swooped up their ladles by Magpies! Anzac spirit shines through
Hundreds of men, women and children gathered in Corowa on Sunday to commemorate Anzac Day 2021.
Rising before the sun, around 300 people braved the cold to remember the fallen at a poignant Dawn service held at the Corowa Monument at 5:45am.
Residents’ young and old stood silently, heads bowed as the tragic cost of war was remembered. A special tribute was made to the nurses and orderlies of the defence force often regarded the “forgotten” heroes. The sombre affair was led by RSL sub-branch president Martin Magill.
At the 11am Commemoration Service, a large crowd gathered once again under glorious Autumn skies.
“As I look around today, it is pleasing to see such a great gathering to help us honour our Australian Defence Forces both past and present, and to pay homage to those who fought and died for the freedoms we enjoy today. Let us not forget their sacrifice,” Mr Magill said in his opening address.
“Those who fought for freedom have a taste the protected will never know. This is why services and reunions like this are so important to those of us who have returned.
“It is also important in the true Anzac spirt, that we remember those who made the supreme sacrifice for our freedom and reflect on all those who have gone away to serve this country.
“All gave some, but some gave all.”
The touching service was conducted impeccably once again by the captains of Corowa High School Rebecca Upton who delivered the prologue, Master of Ceremonies Darcy Griffin, Angela Craft and Maxim Blockley.
In delivering the Anzac Day Oration, Angela Craft spoke of WW1 Coreen hero, Private Albert Henri Menere who was killed in battle in 1917. For his services, he received the British War Medal and Victory Medal.
“Through the celebrations of Anzac Day