Remembering our war heroes

April 21, 2017

Local residents and visitors will be able to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice at one of the Anzac Day commemoration services to be held across the district on Tuesday.

Deniliquin will host three services — one at dawn, one at 8am and another at 11am.

The dawn service will be held at the Waring Gardens cenotaph from 6am, and will feature a fly-over by local pilot Nigel Wettenhall in a Shrike Commander.

For those who attend the service, it will be followed by an Anzac Day breakfast at the Deniliquin RSL Club. The cost for breakfast is $5.

From 8am, there will also be a service at the Deniliquin cemetery.

From 10.30am, returned service men and women, school children, members of local emergency services and relatives of those who fell in war will march from the Deniliquin Town Hall to the cenotaph for the 11am service.

At the service, local Sing Australia member Sue McMillan will speak about Sharon Bown, a retired emergency trauma nurse who served in the Australian Defence Force.

Ms Bown spent 16 years with the Royal Australian Air Force, serving her country in East Timor, Bali and Afghanistan. During her service she encountered a number of life-changing events, including surviving a helicopter crash in remote East Timor.

Another opportunity to commemorate our Australian and New Zealand war heroes will be held at the Wanganella Anzac Day service.

The service will start at 9am, and will be held at the Wanganella Hall on the Cobb Hwy.

In Wakool, a march will be held at 3pm, with participants assembling at Wakool Memorial Hall. After the march, a commemorative service will be held at Wakool Cenotaph.

There will be services in Moulamein’s Triangle Park, on Brougham St. The dawn service is set to begin at 6.15am, and at 10.30am marchers will assemble at the Business Centre for a 10.45am march.

Mathoura residents can remember the fallen at the 6am dawn service at the Mathoura Cenotaph, in the Soldiers’ Memorial Gardens. At 11am, there will be a commemorative service at Murray Shire Hall, in Conargo St, Mathoura.

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