THE local community has once again supported the ANZAC Day ceremony held at Medowie’s war memorial.
Early in the morning on Tuesday, 25 April locals gathered to commemorate this most sacred day of remembrance.
Mr Neil Biggar, Secretary of Medowie’s local sub-branch of the RSL told News Of The Area, “News programs are saying that attendances at ANZAC Day services were down on last year, but not at Medowie.”
“The Dawn Service was just about packed up, and I suspect the crowd may have been larger than at the Centenary service in 2015.”
Supporting the community to commemorate, was a range of community volunteers.
Many sections of the community participate, from local school groups including the Irrawang High School Drum Corps, returned and serving Australian Defence Force personnel including the 335SQN Air Force Cadets, community groups such as Williamtown Rotary and Medowie Lions, Medowie Rural Fire Service, and individuals who feel motivated to contribute on Anzac Day.
Mr Geoffrey Hamilton, President of the Rotary Club of Williamtown, told News Of The Area, “It was once again a huge success with our Club supplying over 350 sausages and coffee with a nip of rum to overcome the early start.”
“The morning was very well organised, the march a very moving gesture, the service flawless and we at Williamtown Rotary were very proud to be part of the proceedings.”
Local baker extraordinaire, Ms Jenny Nicholls, who has provided ANZAC biscuits to those attending the Ceremony for the past 14 years, this year baked 600 of the traditional delights.
Mr Steve Carrol, a returned service man of the Vietnam War and also a member of the Williamtown Rotary Club, laid a wreath that was handmade by Mrs Gladys Thomas.
Mr Steve Withey and Mr Ian Fletcher, both former Defence Military Working Dog Handlers, laid a wreath in honour of all military dogs, past and present.
News Of The Area joins the commemorations of remembering those who have served for Australia.
Lest We Forget.
By Heather SHARP