ANZAC DAY, 2015
As happens each April 25 , a diverse group gathered in the darkness, huddled around the fire- bucket , and wrapped in coats, scarves & beanies .
While the sun rose on a grey , cold morning , we listened to the order of service , watched as the flag was lowered, and reflected as the notes of the Last Post echoed around the cliffs .
ANZAC – a Dawn Service on the old wharf at Kulcurna is a very special time .It brings together family, friends and people from many different parts of Australia .
We share in giving respect to those involved in war , we place rosemary sprigs in the fire, hold candles, and lay wreaths .
We study the Cal Lal Honour roll, and note names we know . We marvel at just how many young people responded when they were called – people from properties and homesteads …people who had strength and an innocence .
This year we accepted with much gratitude the gift of a hand- knitted poppy wreath , and the professionally made fresh native flower wreath .
Along with the saddle& blanket , circa WW1, this morning saw the placement of .303 rifles , and a beautiful new mount for the honour roll plaques . The mount was made from Murray Pine – and was once part of a wall in a late 1800’s police station locally . Our Dad, Hans Hansen,made it with help from the Renmark Woodworkers . many thanks for all the effort!
Breakfast this year was made better by the help of many hands – and we thank those who cleaned, acted as fetch&carry folk, & the makers-of-many toast slices!
ANZAC morning here is always a very special time .
Thank you to all who shared with us – it’s you who help make it special 🙂