Anzac spirit lives on

Representatives of the armed services led the march.

Representatives of the armed services led the march.

HUNDREDS gathered to commemorate those who have served and continued to serve our nation at Anzac services in Bombala on Friday.

Both the dawn service and the march through town enjoyed larger than normal attendance thanks to the timing of public holidays, mild weather and nearing centenary of WWI. 

More than 250 attended the dawn service and more than 400 gathered along Caveat and Maybe streets for the march.

RSL sub-branch secretary John Martin said he was pleased with the attendance of commemorate services in Bombala. 

“Attendance at both the march and the dawn service has been increasing in numbers for the past few years and it’s pleasant to see so many people of all ages turning out,” Mr Martin said.

“It was wonderful to see a few young people involved who were wearing medals in honour of their fathers or grandfathers and we would love to see more of that in the future.” 

An emphasis on keeping the Anzac spirit alive for the next generation was felt at the Bombala service with schools from around the region marching behind the community’s  veterans. 

RSL sub-branch president and former Commodore Rob Letts continued his tradition of sharing a story of a former Australian soldier at the service. 

Mr Martin said that Bombala High School student president Keiren Rodwell  gave a particularly moving speech at the dawn service. 

“Every year the student president of the high school speaks at the service and they write a speech unassisted and this year he did a particularly good job of his speech,” he said. 

“It’s great to see the youth of the community being involved in the Anzac Day services.” 

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