Brighton turns out for ANZAC day

BRIGHTON commemorated ANZAC Day with community events at dawn and 11am in the municipality.

The 11am service at Remembrance Park drew large crowds who came together to commemorate the event under sunny autumn skies.

SES Members, from right front, Brydie Jones, Sharlene Currie, Cr Peter Geard, Matthew Commane, Peter Paice and Dean Plummer.

The event was officiated by the Mayor of Brighton, Tony Foster, who continued a theme he began last year, reflecting on the lives of particular Tasmanian soldiers during the war.

This year Cr Foster focused on the stories of two more Tasmanian soldiers, Lewis McGee and Percy Statton who were both awarded Victoria Crosses for their bravery during battle.

Both were attached to the 40th battalion taking part in the battle of Messines and Brodseinde Ridge. McGee, who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery and leadership at Broodseinde Ridge, was killed in action in October 1917.

Statton, who died later in 1959, was given the Military Medal for bravery during Messines and later, the Victoria Cross for deeds of bravery.

The day was perfect for the remembrance ceremony and the family day that followed with local residents and families joining with officials including many school and community groups, to remember those who died fighting for their country.