ANZAC Day respect at Stuarts Point

Precisely on time, the march was underway.

UNDER threatening skies, approximately 300 people converged at the Stuarts Point Cenotaph for an ANZAC Day service after the annual march from the Workers Recreation and Bowls Club, which commenced at 10.40am on Thursday 25 April.

The impressive marching crew was led by a troupe of children involved with STORM Co, which stands for ‘Service To Others Really Matters’, who were enjoying their annual holiday at the Adventist Convention Centre on Grassy Head Road, and were followed by students and staff from both Eungai and Stuarts Point Public Schools, and flanked by Stuarts Point RSL sub-Branch members.

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The Cenotaph, centrally located opposite the town’s Community Hall, has recently undergone a much-anticipated refurbishment due to the efforts of enthusiastic volunteers, donations from Bunnings and Kempsey Shire Council.

In this more user-friendly, wheelchair accessible setting, local identity and RSL sub-Branch representative George Bambling led the commemorative ceremony, firstly thanking students and staff for their marching prowess and dedication, and offering a warm acknowledgment of country for the gathered congregation.

Completion of the extensive landscaping is expected to be completed in the near future.

Many wreaths were laid by a considerable collection of local organisations, followed by a communal vocal rendition of the iconic song, ‘I Am Australian’, as the RSL sub-Branch sent out collection buckets.

Mr Bambling reminded everyone in attendance, “On this day above all days, we recall those who, in the great tragedy of war, gave their lives for Australia.”

Once again Rachael Farthing, from the Salvation Army in Kempsey, delivered a poignant address regarding the importance of memories for young and old.

After the ‘Last Post’ was sounded the crowd then converged at the Club for lunch and entertainment including the annual ritual of playing ‘Two Up’ which drew many supporters and possibly left some with empty pockets.


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