Ceremony defies rain

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Ceremony defies rain

IT WAS cold, it was windy and it was raining, but that didn’t stop the Leongatha Cemetery trust holding a special ceremony at the cemetery on Sunday.
The event was held to remember World War One veterans, particularly those from the Leongatha region who went to war and returned, and are now buried in the cemetery.
Secretary manager of the Leongatha Cemetery Trust Shirleyann Wright said this year is a milestone in Australia’s history.
“We wish to pay respect to those from our district and beyond who returned from war and are now buried in this cemetery,” she said.
“Graves of known World War One veterans have been flagged. Every effort to identify burial sites of World War One veterans in our cemetery has been made.”
During the ceremony, a Lone Pine seedling was unveiled, grown from seeds of the Lone Pine located at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
Family of veterans buried in the cemetery were given an opportunity to place a red poppy tile on gravesites at the end of the ceremony.

Family honour: Jacqui, Ryan, Kate and Ian Marshman were at the Leongatha Cemetery on Sunday for the World War One ceremony. Jacqui’s great uncle and great grandfather were involved in that war

Family honour: Jacqui, Ryan, Kate and Ian Marshman were at the Leongatha Cemetery on Sunday for the World War One ceremony. Jacqui’s great uncle and great grandfather were involved in that war

Grow: South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Jeanette Harding and Cemeteries and Crematoria Association of Victoria president Brendan O’Connor unveiled the lone pine seedling planted at the Leongatha Cemetery at the ceremony held on Sunday.

Grow: South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Jeanette Harding and Cemeteries and Crematoria Association of Victoria president Brendan O’Connor unveiled the lone pine seedling planted at the Leongatha Cemetery at the ceremony held on Sunday.

Music: Natalie Stewart played The Last Post and Ian Arrell played the bagpipes during the ceremony to honour World War One veterans held on Sunday at the Leongatha Cemetery.

Music: Natalie Stewart played The Last Post and Ian Arrell played the bagpipes during the ceremony to honour World War One veterans held on Sunday at the Leongatha Cemetery.

Great event: light horseman Steve McKenzie, piper Ian Arrell, secretary manager of the Leongatha Cemetery Trust Shirleyann Wright, chairman of the Leongatha Cemetery Trust Graham Fixter, and Cemeteries and Crematoria Association of Victoria president Brendan O’Connor at the ceremony to honour World War One veterans held on Sunday at the Leongatha Cemetery.

Great event: light horseman Steve McKenzie, piper Ian Arrell, secretary manager of the Leongatha Cemetery Trust Shirleyann Wright, chairman of the Leongatha Cemetery Trust Graham Fixter, and Cemeteries and Crematoria Association of Victoria president Brendan O’Connor at the ceremony to honour World War One veterans held on Sunday at the Leongatha Cemetery.

Remembering: from left, Clinton Batty, Michael and Pam Herrald, Julie Batty, Glenda Trotman, David Berkeley and Russell Trotman were at the ceremony to honour World War One veterans held at the Leongatha Cemetery on Sunday, to remember Harry Trotman, who served in World War One.

Remembering: from left, Clinton Batty, Michael and Pam Herrald, Julie Batty, Glenda Trotman, David Berkeley and Russell Trotman were at the ceremony to honour World War One veterans held at the Leongatha Cemetery on Sunday, to remember Harry Trotman, who served in World War One.

Coming together: David Chalmers and daughter Angela Chalmers from Leongatha South were at the ceremony to honour World War One veterans held on Sunday at the Leongatha Cemetery.

Coming together: David Chalmers and daughter Angela Chalmers from Leongatha South were at the ceremony to honour World War One veterans held on Sunday at the Leongatha Cemetery.

Great legacy: Mary and Jim Hogan from Drouin were at the ceremony to honour World War One veterans held on Sunday at the Leongatha Cemetery to place a poppy tile on the grave of Jim’s father, James Conry Hogan. Jim was born in Leongatha and is James’ last living relative.

Great legacy: Mary and Jim Hogan from Drouin were at the ceremony to honour World War One veterans held on Sunday at the Leongatha Cemetery to place a poppy tile on the grave of Jim’s father, James Conry Hogan. Jim was born in Leongatha and is James’ last living relative.

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