Bulahdelah ANZAC Day records record turnout

The dawn service.

ANZAC Day commemorations in Bulahdelah were a major success, with school children turning out in numbers for the 11am march and the dawn service extremely well attended by the public.

But what does ANZAC Day mean to those who have participated in various conflicts of war?

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Bulahdelah RSL sub-Branch Vice President Greg Hayes told News Of The Area, “There’s more of an awareness with younger people now than when I was young and that’s a great thing.

“My father and grandfather were veterans and didn’t talk much about it,” said Mr Hayes.

Bulahdelah RSL sub-Branch president Dennis Coulter said, “It’s only now that people are starting to talk about it.

“ANZAC Day is not about glorifying war but rather celebrating those who have served to preserve freedom and remembering their gallantry” said Mr Coulter.

Sub-Branch Secretary/Treasurer Steven Newman said, “Our fathers and grandfathers served and we follow in their footsteps.

“Many of our fallen comrades have gone before us and we like to remember them.

“We would like to thank the general public for the support we got.

“Being a small sub-Branch we are really thankful,” said Mr Newman.

Mr Coulter told News Of The Area the sub-Branch is seeking to expand its member base.

“We are looking for more members and you don’t have to be an ex-service person.

“You may just have a past family member who has served in some capacity.

“Become part of our celebration of those who have served for our country in the armed forces,” Mr Coulter said.

Lest we forget.


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