COMMUNITY leaders and residents attended the official Anzac Day commemorations in Brighton municipality held at Remembrance Park last month.
A glorious Autumn day ensured there was a great turnout of residents and visitors to hear the official welcome by Brighton Mayor Tony Foster with a special address by Reg Watson, who is a Tasmanian author and historian.
Mr Watson reminded those who attended of Tasmania’s important role in the country’s military history.
“We should be proud of our service, not in a vain or boastful way but in a humble and respectful manner,” Mr Watson said.
“Not one family who lived in Tasmania (indeed Australia or Britain) was untouched by WWI. Nearly 2900 Tasmanians died and at least twice as many were wounded, many dying later from their wounds.
“Anzac Day and all that it means has become a fixed part of our national heritage. It has grown in stature over the past decade and I can see no reason why it cannot continue to do so. It is a day of remembrance – and rightly so. We should never forget,” he said.
Special prayers were recited by Fr Leodigario Zenarosa, of St Paul’s Catholic Church.
A poem was read by Cooper Parkinson, of St Paul’s Catholic School, and the Ode of Remembrance was read by Fiona Kingston.
The Last Post was played by David Edwards and the national anthems of New Zealand and Australia were led by Brighton Girl Guides and Old Beach Scouts.