Tanilba remembers the Anzacs

Club members working on the upgraded memorial and garden.

 

IN one of the largest crowds seen for many years, Tilligerry celebrated ANZAC day with some 400 people turning out for the commemorative service on the lawns outside the club.

Whereas most RSL clubs cancelled their marches, Tilligerry continued with their long standing tradition, assembling in Avenue of the Allies Tanilba Bay and proceeding down the main road to the club.

With many of the older veterans unable to march, a cavalcade of golf carts bearing them led the march with residents applauding as they motored past.

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Children from our local schools, sports clubs, scouts and youth groups were there as well as contingents from Marine Rescue and the RFS.

A smartly turned out unit from RAAF Williamtown added colour to the occasion.

Over the past year or so a major makeover of the RSL club and its surrounds has made it something of a showpiece with most of the work being done by voluntary labour.

The cenotaph in particular was upgraded with new stonework and decorative gardens to enhance the memorial.

Another feature was the construction of an alcove of remembrance near the entrance.

Individual plaques have been set in the walls for members who have passed on with their service details etched in bronze.

If you look at the picture of the cenotaph, you will notice the granite centrepiece cut a
t an angle.

This is to signify lives cut short for those who didn’t return.

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