The Free Press (Corowa)
25 April - Corowa Anzac spirit shines through
and Remembrance Day, Corowa is still, and always will be, impacted by the soldiers gone before use. Even the impact of Albert’s family on Corowa can be seen today. The Motel Menere’s on Federation Avenue was named after his family who owned the original Pastoral Hotel before it was renamed,” Angela told the crowd.
“Commemorating, paying our respects and discovering the stories of our current and past service men and women is not only an essential part of our small community, but also part of our national story.”
The Anzac Day address was delivered by special guest Royal Australian Navy Captain Michael Sander who flew from Canberra to be part of the Corowa services.
“Today as we honour the sacrifices of the first Anzacs, we also acknowledge those who have followed in the Anzac tradition from WW2 to Boer, Malaysia, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. These people have offered themselves in the service of our nation and in the service of peace and justice,” Captain Sander said.
“Today we show our respect for service and we reflect on those qualities which make us finer as individuals and greater as a nation.
“It is also important to remember and hoour the friends and families of those who served. They supported and loved them and for many, their loss is enduring.
“On Anzac Day, we take pride in their efforts and character and most importantly remember their sacrifice. They were ordinary Australians that did extraordinary things.”
The presentation of floral wreaths on the monument followed Captain Sander’s speech.
Bugler Joanne Howe played ‘The Last Post’ followed by a Minute’s Silence, the ‘Reveille’ and a beautiful “Benediction” by Reverend David Sloane.
Members of the Sing Australia Choir performed the ‘Abide With Me’ hymn followed by the National Anthem.
A special book presentation was made to students of Corowa High School, Corowa Public School, Corowa South Public School, St Mary’s Corowa, and Lowesdale Public School.
In his closing address, Martin Magill remarked that future Anzac Day services were in good hands.
“As a community, we can be thoroughly proud of the students at Corowa High School. In years to come, when the sub-branch is no more, the high school taking up the torch to run Anzac Day and Remembrance which means commemoration of both days will not be forgotten,” he said.
As the Catafalque Party dismounted and marched away, they were farewelled with a rapturous applause from the crowd. While many of the members of the Catafalque Party were still new to the defence force, they displayed incredible unwavering discipline as the sun beamed down over the one-and-a-halfhour service. One of the individuals was former Corowa local Joseph Pollock.
Mr Magill said it was pleasing to see a strong turnout from the community.
“The community have accepted the changes and embraced the true spirit of Anzac Day. While there was no march this year, it is something we can all look forward to next year,” he told The Free Press.
It comes 12 months on since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic which saw services across the country cancelled and people gathering in their driveways and front yards to remember the fallen.