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.
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