Two moving services to commemorate Anzac Day in Raymond Terrace Medowie & Tilligerry News Of The Area Raymond Terrace, Heatherbrae, Tomago by News Of The Area - Modern Media - May 3, 2018 A member of the official party stands at her post. DESPITE a lot of worry and indecision over the rainy forecast and whether to move the services inside on Anzac Day, the weather was kind to Raymond Terrace RSL Sub Branch, and aside from a couple of light showers, both services were conducted with minimal impact from the weather. Modern Media: Advertise with News Of The Area and you get your ad in 1) in Print, 2) on the News Website (like this ad), and 3) on our Social Media news site. A much more efficient way to advertise. Reach a HUGE audience for a LOW price TODAY! Call us on 02 4983 2134. Or firstname.lastname@example.org Or CLICK FOR ADVERT QUOTE In fact, in some ways it added to the atmosphere on the day. Vic Jones, President Raymond Terrace RSL Sub Branch, told News Of The Area, “I am very appreciative of the support we had from the people of Raymond Terrace and surrounding districts in coming to each of the services.” “Despite the threatening weather, our attendance numbers were up again for both the Dawn Service and the Main Service.” “That reflects the growing respect that people have for the service and sacrifices made by veterans from all wars over the past century,” he said. The contribution that local schools in the area make to the Main Anzac Day service is also very much appreciated and noticed. Children from seven local schools participated in various elements of the service, ranging from reading prayers or poems, to emceeing a portion of the service, and delivering the ‘Theme of ANZAC Address’. The ‘Last Post’ ceremony, introduced at last year’s ANZAC Day service, was also conducted again this year at each of the services. One veteran whose name is etched into the stone of our memorial is selected to be specifically mentioned in the service and a short precis of his service to the country is read out, and a photo of the individual is displayed at the memorial. Often descendants of the veteran being honoured also attend the service as occurred this ANZAC Day. Vic Jones said, “We also conducted a ceremonial watering of the Gallipoli Lone Pine, located in ANZAC Park.” Many people are not aware that this symbolic piece of military history, seeded from an original tree located on the bloody battlefields where the ANZACs fought on the Gallipoli peninsula, is even present in the Park. Air Force Cadets from 335 Squadron, RAAF Base Williamtown, assisted in this part of the service. This year the Raymond Terrace ANZAC Day Main service received the support of three new musical elements: Ms Kylee Beasley, Deputy Principal at Hunter River High School, did an excellent job of sounding the bugle calls of the Last Post, Reveille, and Rouse, at the appropriate parts of each of the services. The crowd certainly appreciated hearing these calls played ‘live’ rather than from a CD. This year a contingent from the Irrawang High School Drum Corps participated in the main ANZAC Day March giving the parade a consistent beat to march along to. It is hoped that their participation will become a regular feature of the March in future years. Some 22 members of The Salvation Army Hope Community Choir provided musical support this year by singing songs to entertain the assembled crowd prior to the commencement of the service, and leading the singing of hymns and national anthems during the Main Service. Two truly moving services, on such an important day. Photos by Stelbel Photography: Members of the Irrawang Drum Corp. A NSW fire service man lays a wreath. Wreaths at Raymond Terrace cenotaph. A red poppy placed next to a name on the list of Soldiers from Raymond Terrace who served. A Navy Officer salutes the cenotaph. Members of the NSW Fire Service – Raymond Terrace. An Air Force member and his young son. Photos by Stelbel Photography: Air force personnel. Irrawang High School drum corp in the march. Representatives marching in uniform for the Raymond Terrace RSL Sub Branch. (left)Representatives of NSW Scouts. (right) Students from St Brigid’s Catholic Primary School. Students from Raymond Terrace Public School. Students from Grahamstown Public School. Raymond Terrace Soccer Club. NSW Fire Service members and one of their fire vehicles rounding out the march. The weather didn’t stop the crowds.