ANZAC Dawn service Port Lincoln 2017
ANZAC Dawn Service Port Lincoln 2017
I was very humbled to see the amazing turn out for the ANZAC Dawn service. You see it was my first time to a dawn service and I actually went earlier and witnessed the vigil that the youth of our town provide the ANZAC Memorial. Recently, my grandson joined the Army Cadet Unit 416 here in Port Lincoln and so he put up his hand to do certain tasks for the ANZAC day. He participated in the night vigil as is expected of the cadets both army and naval, plus other local youth groups also join in to man the Memorial.
Also the cadets, both army and naval cadets provided the honour guard around the Memorial during the ceremony. Performing the tasks required for the ceremony with respect and pride. Both at the Dawn service and the conclusion of the ANZAC March. The March numbers swelled with our Naval visitors who we welcomed the site of their well formed impressive unit. Even the representative of the Light Horseman and the traditional Army nurses was engaging for those watching. The Port Lincoln RSL branch hosted breakfast and lunch after the ceremonies.
Truly the presentations and speeches were heartfelt and as a grandparent of a 15 year old who wishes to serve his country in the same manner, it makes me proud. I feel the experience of both pride and fear for him and what his future holds. It was a very emotional and touching event, speaking to and from the hearts of Australians.
For our servicemen Australia-wide who have given their lives for our Australian way of life.
LEST WE FORGET