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.
“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.