Strong crowd for Anzac services
Tuesday, 26th April, 2016
By Michael Murphy
Thousands of people turned out to local Anzac Day services yesterday to honour those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
All local services were well attended yesterday, especially the main service at the Argent Street War Memorial at 11am.
“What a fantastic crowd ... it’s absolutely tremendous,” RSL sub-branch president Des Kennedy told the crowd just before the main service.
“Who says Broken Hill can’t do anything right.”
Mr Kennedy then gave his address, telling those who attended that the First World War impacted Australia “like nothing else”.
“From a small population of fewer than five million people ... 60,000 were killed and 156,000 were wounded or taken prisoner,” he said.
“Of the 270,000 who returned, more than half had been wounded and the others had mental scars that never healed.
“We commemorate Anzac Day and we will continue to because the worst of times can bring out the best in us.
“Our commemorations today do not glorify war but honour Australians and New Zealanders, and our allies, who have been called upon to do these terrible things that the war and conflicts require.
“With their mateship, humour and their respect for the honourable foe - but with impeccable will to win - our troops from the First World War characterised the Australian soldier from that day to this.”
Earlier in the morning, hundreds made their way down to Argent Street for the Dawn Service while the Garden of Remembrance service at the local cemetery also attracted a good crowd.