The large number of people attending local Anzac Day services is greatly appreciated by RSL Sub-Branch members.
“Numbers are increasing every year, mostly because of the young ones and the high school coming on board,” Corowa RSL Sub-Branch Vice President Daryl Martin told The Free Press.
“The RSL invited local schools to get involved some years ago. Chris Johnston (now retired Corowa High School Principal) was a great help.”
Mr Martin was the Corowa RSL Sub-Branch’s leader at Anzac Day in Corowa this year as President Martin Magill accepted an invitation to attend the 70th anniversary of the Army Apprentice School. “We led the march in Canberra,” Mr Magill said.
“Approximately 1200 marched. Every intake was represented. The oldest members were over 85 and the youngest about half that age. The Dawn Service was attended by 38,000 people.”
The support of schools, together with the support of parents, means bigger local attendances. “Kids are prepared to march whatever the weather, having the attitude that if a soldier fights in all sorts of weather, so we should,” Mr Martin said. “Our soldiers didn’t call it off because it got too hot or too wet. Last year it rained on our Anzac Day but everyone marched.”
The president and vice president are always impressed with the leadership qualities of Corowa High school students taking to the microphone during the services.
“They’re absolutely passionate about what they do. It comes from the heart,” Mr Martin said. “The amount of research students do is very commendable,” Mr Magill added.
Most of the Defence Force personnel from Bandiana at the Corowa and Wahgunyah services, under the leadership of Petty Officer Darren Kemp, have just completed 12 months service.
With the young carrying on the excellent work in all fields, along with promotion of Anzac Day’s significance, continuing increases in attendances seems assured.