RETURNED SERVICEMEN: Ex-service personnel Ed Duckworth, Gordon Pelham, Len Elliott and Neil Bishop attended the service, along with the Lake Grace District High School student cadets.THROUGHOUT Australia greater numbers are attending the Anzac Day services and Lake Grace was no exception with an estimated 150 community members turning out in fine conditions to pay tribute to the contributions that our armed services have made.
Father Gayan Thamel welcomed everyone to the service before introducing local businessman Allan Marshall, who spoke of the Anzac tradition that was established on April 25, 1951, when the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landed on the Gallipoli Peninsula.
It was the start of a campaign that lasted eight months and resulted in 25,000 casualties, including 8700 who were killed or died of wounds or disease.
The men who served on the Gallipoli Peninsula created a legend, adding the word ‘Anzac’ to our vocabulary and creating the notion of the Anzac spirit.
Ex-service personnel who were present on the day were Len Elliott, Gordon Pelham, Neil Bishop and Edmund Duckworth.
Also present were the Lake Grace District High School student cadets, who looked impressive in their uniforms.
Readings and prayers were recited by Father Gayan Thamel, Diedre Trevenen and Terry Gladish.
Gabby Trevenen performed a moving rendition of the Dixie Chicks’ Travellin’ Soldier, accompanied by her father Joe on guitar.
Joe also got together with brother-in-law Steve Curtin to sing We Are Australian.
Wreaths were laid by representatives from the Returned and Services League (RSL), Lake Grace Shire Council, Red Cross and Hospital Auxiliary, CWA and individual families; with the flag being raised by cadet Elle Trevenen.
In his closing address, returned serviceman Len Elliott thanked Father Gayan for organising the day on behalf of the RSL and everyone who attended.
A late morning tea followed the service.