Big numbers turned out around the region as the ANZAC Day ceremonies returned after a two-year gap
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Hundreds of people took to Shepparton’s War Memorial, with emotion in the air for a moving dawn service. And by 11 am a bright sun filled the same venue for the traditional commemorative service, after marching down Welsford St.
The dawn service heard from Ian Laurie, a veteran of 21 years service, who spoke from the heart of family’s generational involvement with the military. Mr Laurie’s son recently discharged after 27 years’ service, while his nephew is in his 29th year of service.
Led by the Shepparton Brass and Wind band and its majestic music, the march departed the Shepparton RSL shortly after 10.30 am, with veterans and family members right through to scouts and school students trekking to the War Memorial.
Once there, a large crowd was greeted by Shepparton RSL sub-branch president Robert Wilkie, before a number of the region’s community groups and associations laid wreaths on the monuments.
Royal Australian Navy Captain Leigh Kisnorbo, who spoke of her lengthy involvement with the military, which included deployment to East Timor in 1999, reflected on Australia and New Zealand’s landing at Gallipoli more than 100 years ago.
‘At around 4.30 am on the 25th of April, 1915, soldiers of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, the first ANZACs, landed on the Gallipoli peninsula. By the end of the first day more than 16,000 had surged to shore, and more than 2000 were dead or injured,’’ she said.
‘‘These men did not set out to be immortalised, but their conduct on that day and the subsequent months has made them immortal.’’
Notre Dame College student Emma Pummeroy performed ‘Abide By Me’ and a royal hymn, while, as they did at the dawn service, Nicky Pummeroy and Laura Blackie left those in attendance with no choice but to sing along as they performed the Anzac version of ‘I Am Australian’.
The Shepparton RSL thanked all involved in making both the dawn and commemorative services possible.
On Sunday morning, more than 200 people marched down the end of McLennan St to the cenotaph to commemorate Anzac Day.
The day also marked the re-dedication of the cenotaph and the addition the names of the men who fought in World War II to the Mooroopna memorials.
Federal Member for Nicholls Damian Drum officially re-dedicated the cenotaph and unveiled the new plaque in front of 500 people.
‘‘It has continued to be that beacon of peace.’’ Former Mooroopna Rotary Club president Les Young, who sparked the push to add World War II soldiers’ names, was beaming as he stood in the middle of the congregation.
Mr Young, who lost his brother in World War II, said he was happy to see so many people turn out for the rededication and to pay their respects.
Hundreds of people lined Hogan St and the memorial area in Tatura to mark Anzac Day.
The sun was out, people were smiling and marchers were out in force, with a band leading the way.
Respect was in the air as Numurkah came together to commemorate Anzac Day with a Dawn Service, March and 11am service.
Thirty-seven names in total were read out in the dawn light, the names of those men who left Australia’s shores and never returned.
It was a hive of activity as the Lifestyle community acknowledged ANZAC Day with a traditional commemorative service.