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Big Anzac Day in Wilcannia

Tuesday, 28th April, 2015

Local police led a big Anzac Day march through Wilcannia. Local police led a big Anzac Day march through Wilcannia.

By Darrin Manuel

The sacrifice of the Anzacs was not forgotten by the residents of Wilcannia who turned out en-masse to pay their respects over the weekend.

A variety of Anzac Day events were organised by John Pineo and Chris Elliott, who said the service was one of the biggest ever staged in the river town.

“We had over 80 at our dawn service and around 50 in our march,” said Chris.

“And every police officer in the station marched, and they were led by (officer) Tristan Naylor.”

The march was followed by the laying of wreaths at the war memorial and a speech by special guest Denis Connell.

Denis was born on Burndoo Station and is a former squadron leader with the Royal Australian Air Force. 

“I think a number of the older people found him particularly interesting as he spoke not only about the ANZAC spirit, but also about where Australia is heading in the 21st century,” said Chris.

“His speech was very well done; he’d obviously done a lot of homework.”

People then gathered for a morning tea in the park and to view a collection of memorabilia from ex-servicemen.

There were also profiles on all 21 local servicemen who died in World War One.

“I’d just like to thank everyone who donated to the breakfast, and everyone who pitched in and helped out throughout the day,” said Chris.

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