Hundreds pay respects in Leongatha

LARGE crowds attended Leongatha’s Anzac Day ceremonies last Thursday, with the dawn service attracting a crowd of at least 400.
The march and 11am service also drew large numbers, more than in previous years.
Leongatha RSL Sub-branch president Ken Wanklyn said Anzac Day was a chance to reflect on the sacrifice made by young men and women from Australia and New Zealand in all conflicts and peacekeeping roles.
“Their character and bravery helped define who we are and who we have become,” he said.
“The standards they set on that small beach have been carried forward to every conflict and peace keeping mission since.”
Mr Wanklyn said the stoic attitudes and the true grit formed in those early days created the true core of who we are as Australians.
“They have given us a legacy we must forever keep in our hearts and souls,” he said.
“It is vital we keep the memories alive in order to inspire our young ones to remember what those who came before us gave.”
Retired Royal Australian Navy Commander Matthew Ferguson was the guest speaker at Leongatha’s service.
He said Australia’s most senior surviving veterans are now in their nineties, after being born in the shadow of the Great War.
“They were determined to keep our island home a place of peace and safety. After that war was won, they took on the task of building a new Australia,” he said.
“No other generation has done so much for those who followed. We are in their debt and always will be.”
Mr Ferguson said in this year, women’s service was being remembered.
“They gave themselves to keep soldiers, civilians and prisoners of war alive. They deserve respectful thanks for their service,” he said.
Mr Ferguson also took the time to remember the 42 members of the Australia Defence Force killed in Afghanistan, who are missed every day.

Proud display: flag bearers led the Leongatha Anzac Day service march down McCartin Street to the cenotaph last Wednesday.

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