Anzac spirit lives on locally

Immortal memories: Member for Polwarth Richard Riordan joined hundreds of Terang and community members to honour those who have served in war efforts during the annual Anzac Day service last Thursday.

HUNDREDS of Terang and district residents paid their respects as part of annual Anzac Day services last week.

Terang Returned and Services League (RSL) sub-branch president Steve Bloxham said more than 500 residents turned out for the dawn service, with more than 1000 then attending the morning service.

“It has been more than a century since the Anzac legend was forged on battlefields across Europe,” he said.

“Amid the horrors that played out in theatres of war in locations which are now infamous, an enduring legacy was built around the spirit of mateship.”

Mr Bloxham said a particular highlight was the number of local students who laid wreaths and displayed respect during the services.

“I believe our schools have an important role to play in nurturing the Anzac spirit, and keeping this legacy burning brightly,” he said.

Teaching honour: Terang College students paid their respects at last Thursday’s Anzac Day service.

“I also encourage parents to make it a tangible experience for their children.”

Noorat and District Residents’ Association president Eve Black thanked the Noorat community for attending Noorat’s morning service.

“Your presence made it clear that those who have sacrificed everything for all of us, are not forgotten,” she said.

The service also included an unveiling of a plaque honouring the service of locals Jack, Ken, Joe, George and Doug Bell in World War II.

Cobden’s Karen McConachy won the Anzac Day raffle, taking home a special commemorative quilt.

In step: The Terang and District Pipe Band set the pace in the march down High Street to the Terang War Memorial.

Poignant player: Bugler Bernie Dunn played the Last Post and Rouse at the Noorat Anzac Day service.

Teaching honour: Terang College students paid their respects at last Thursday’s Anzac Day service.

Family links: Terang RSL secretary Pam Bell unveiled a plaque to honour the service of her father and four of her uncles in World War II alongside her aunt Margaret Cole.

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