As if to reflect the grateful thanks and the sense of national pride of those who attended the Dawn Anzac Day service at Hawkesdale, two kookaburras could be heard laughing just as we were about to commence our solemn service.
Anzac Day is a day and time for reflection, to acknowledge those who have fought in wars to defend our country. According to our Australian War Memorial site
ANZAC Day – 25 April – is probably Australia’s most important national occasion. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.
ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as ANZACs, and the pride they took in that name endures to this day.
It is 98 years since the Anzacs landed in Gallipoli. Hawkesdale now has a reflection space as part of its main streetscaping. This is the second year that a Dawn service has been held. More than 200 people attended. The scout and cub group had a sleepover at the local hall and were in force as part of the gathering. An ANZAC requiem, Reflection Poem – Ode to the Anzacs by K. K. Linton, an ANZAC prayer, a student reflection and the Ode were read by Hawkesdale P12 College students and members of the Scout group. Wreaths were then laid by community groups and community members. The service finished with the Last Post, a one minute silence and finally the Reveille or Rouse as the flag was raised by the scouts. After our national anthem, the flag was lowered to half mast until lunchtime.
At the end of the service HADDAC (Hawkesdale and District Development Action Committee) offered a sausage in bread, hot drinks and anzac biscuits to those who attended.