A grateful region remembers our Anzacs

Tari Jeffers and Cecilia AllenManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Jono Rose plays the Last Post during the Manjimup Anzac Day Dawn Service yesterday.
Camera IconJono Rose plays the Last Post during the Manjimup Anzac Day Dawn Service yesterday. Credit: Tari Jeffers / Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

People throughout the Lower South West gathered at war memorials for Anzac Day services yesterday, coinciding with the 75th and 100th anniversaries of the some of the worst battles of both World Wars.

Services were held in Boyup Brook, Bridgetown, Greenbushes, Manjimup, Nannup, Northcliffe, Pemberton and Walpole yesterday, some centres only had a Dawn Service while others had two services.

Manjimup RSL member Ted Middleton, Royal Australian Navy Warrant Officer Sean Ellerton and Manjimup RSL president Rex Brown lead the Anzac Day march down Giblett Street yesterday.
Camera IconManjimup RSL member Ted Middleton, Royal Australian Navy Warrant Officer Sean Ellerton and Manjimup RSL president Rex Brown lead the Anzac Day march down Giblett Street yesterday. Credit: Tari Jeffers / Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

In Manjimup, more than 1000 people turned out over both services.

“Thank you to everyone for turning up,” Manjimup RSL president Rex Brown said.

“For over a century, Australian defence personnel have contributed to every major conflict.”

Manjimup's Jono Rose plays the Last Post while Navy Petty Officer Brendan Hunt (centre, back) salutes and flagbearers Ron Bazzo, Tony Chilcott, Scotty Roberts and Robert Muraru lower the flags before the minute's silence during the 11am Anzac Day service in Manjimup yesterday.
Camera IconManjimup's Jono Rose plays the Last Post while Navy Petty Officer Brendan Hunt (centre, back) salutes and flagbearers Ron Bazzo, Tony Chilcott, Scotty Roberts and Robert Muraru lower the flags before the minute's silence during the 11am Anzac Day service in Manjimup yesterday. Credit: Tari Jeffers / Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

Hundreds of people turned out for the Bridgetown service at 10am, which was preceded by a march and concluded with wreath-laying and a brunch at Lesser Hall.

Bridgetown RSL president Terry Linz said the day commemorated the centenary of fighting on the Western Front and campaigns in the Middle East and the 75th anniversary of major World War II battles, including the bombing of Darwin and the fall of Singapore.

“Commemorating Anzac Day allows us to honour the men and women who served our country,” he said.

“It allows us to remember the sacrifices of the fallen and thank those who have returned and renewed our bonds of community and understanding of the Anzac tradition of courage and comradeship.”

Hundreds of people turned out to watch the Bridgetown’s Anzac Day march, which was led by the 10th Light Horse Brigade.
Camera IconHundreds of people turned out to watch the Bridgetown’s Anzac Day march, which was led by the 10th Light Horse Brigade. Credit: Cecilia Allen / Manjimup-Bridgetown Times

More than 200 people gathered at the Greenbushes War Memorial, including service men and women, community groups service organisations representatives and members of the 10th Light Horse Troop South West.

Bridgetown-Greenbushes Citizen of the Year Leonie Eastcott gave an address highlighting the great sacrifices by Anzacs in 1917.

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