Anzac Day Wrap

May 2023Community, Stories

Written by Alex Hack.

Anzac Day broke at the War Memorial for the Dawn Service for the hundreds of people. A beautiful crisp morning saw Mr Graham Dunn from the Anglican Church and RSL President Alex Hack lead those present in prayer and contemplation. The Ode was read by Kalbarri Senior Police Constable Ken Massavelli who is a Veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq.

As is usual, RSL Volunteers cooked a traditional breakfast to be enjoyed by the mighty flowing Murchison River. Supplies were generously donated by Woolworths in Geraldton and IGA Kalbarri.

The March at 11am was led by the Kalbarri Bush Rangers who formed a guard of Honour, followed by ex service personnel, families of Veterans and Volunteers from the Fire and Rescue, and St John Ambulance.

The Programme was led by Mr Graham Dunn, and prayers and poems were read as well as speeches from RSL President Alex Hack, and Neil Thomson MLC from Broome. There was not a dry eye amongst us when Marney and Bronte Teasdale read “Inquisitive Mind of a Child”. Rachel Mallard and her sister Lilian read the poem “The Aboriginal Digger” and spoke of the history of war service in her family. Once again Senior Constable Ken Massavelli read the Ode, and the Kaltones added their lovely voices to the Ceremony.

Another beautiful day in Kalbarri, and a warm community gathered to reflect on the sacrifice of our service men and women, who have made our country safe and free.

A highlight was the RAAF Fly Over that whooshed over us at exactly 11.40hrs, as planned!

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