YOUNG Laura Howarth was born nearly a century after the start of World War One, but last Thursday she epitomized the spirit of the Anzacs, proudly wearing her great grandfather’s medals as she joined the veterans marching in Tea Gardens.
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Paying her respects at the memorial in Anzac Park, Laura caught the attention of Rear Admiral (retired) and former New South Governor, Peter Sinclair.
The little nipper and the former Naval Commander shared a handshake and a common bond, their love of country and their respect and gratitude for those who had paid the ultimate price for peace.
Earlier in the day, hundreds of people had gathered for the dawn service at Anzac Park.
This year it was perfect sunrise followed by a spectacular morning on the shores of the Myall River for the 10 o’clock march and commemoration.
Led by RSL President Terry Munright, the service attracted a large crowd of families, veterans, community groups, the young and young at heart.
In his address, Peter Sinclair spoke about his childhood growing up during World War Two and the legacy we all owe to those who’ve served and continue to do so in wartime and in peace.
He also made special mention of the crew of the Sea King helicopter, call sign Shark 02.
“The helicopter had played a major part in the evacuations during the Nyngan floods back in 1990,” he said.
But in 2005, nine personnel on Shark 02 were killed when their chopper crashed during emergency relief operations to help the victims of an earthquake on the Indonesian Island of Nias.
In a poignant tribute he named all those lost.
As the bugler played the “Last Post”, an Air Force jet soared overhead, and it was time to head off for the traditional Anzac Day get togethers of mateship and two up.
Anzac Day 2019, Lest We Forget.
By: Margie TIERNEY