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City comes together in Anzac spirit

Monday, 27th April, 2015

Hayley Mayne places a poppy on her grandfather’s memorial at the Garden of Remembrance. Hayley Mayne places a poppy on her grandfather’s memorial at the Garden of Remembrance.

By Emily Roberts

As record crowds attended Anzac Day services around Australia to commemorate 100 years since the Gallipoli landing, Broken Hill was no different.

The chill and wet weather wouldn’t deter crowds from attending various Anzac services around the city on Saturday morning.

Rain was quick to come and go during the 11am service on Saturday, but the attendants remained steadfast.

RSL BH sub branch President Chris Bowden said it was important to maintain this special day through the generations.

Mr Bowden said it was great to see so many people attend, especially given it was 100 years since the Anzac soldiers landed on Gallipoli.

“We have had an amazing turnout. We have had big numbers at all services,” he said.

“It was a very good service, it was one of our best.”

RSL member Allen Turner hosted the service and all of the Broken Hill schools and many community groups were in attendance.

“The schools were all very good, it’s great to see the younger generation getting into it.”

The RSL members enjoyed a lunch before plans to play two-up in the afternoon.

Also in attendence was Commander Tim Standen, CSC, from the Royal Australian Navy and other Naval members; Lieutenant Commander Mark McInnes, Warrant Officer Shane Rosetto, Chief Petty Officer Mick Lawring and Leading Seaman Ben Chapman.

“My grandfather joined the AIF (Australian Imperial Force) from Broken Hill in 1915, so I thought an additional effort needed to be made,” Commander Standen said.

“...It was moving, it was typically Australian and the support shown was first rate. The effort that went into all the displays, even the decoration at the cemetery was a wonderful aspect.

“It was great to see effort made by the whole town.”

The Dawn Service, Garden of Remembrance Service and the Memorial Oval Service were also well attended.

During the dawn service, Reverend David Shrimpton said the day was not only to remember the Anzac soldiers but to commemorate all those who have served in the past 100 years.

“It was in 1914 that the Anzac tradition was forged and it is it an inspiring example that we must pay homage to,” he said.

“We must honour the memory of those soldiers but also share the sorrows of the families who have lost loved ones.”

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