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Thousands pause to remember

Members of the RSL Sub-branch laid a wreath at the Jack Ryan statue at the conclusion of the commemoration. Pictured at Tumut’s dawn service are sub-branch members Scott Crampton, Lindsay Dobbie, Ken Fitzgerald, Robert Watson and Antony Bottero.

Yesterday’s  Anzac Day services attracted big crowds throughout the region.

Tumut, Adelong, Batlow and Talbingo held services at dawn, mid-morning, and in the afternoon to recognise and remember the sacrifices made by those Australians who served.

In Tumut, on a warmer than usual Autumn morning, the Richmond Park dawn service featured students from the town’s schools reading the names of fallen soldiers from Tumut, who had gone overseas in service of their country, and had not returned.

RSL sub-branch president Robert Watson opened the commemoration, noting that over one million men and women had served in Australia’s defence forces, with tens of thousands killed in action, and many more suffering for their service.

“For the past four years Australia has commemorated that horrendous time, the First World War,” Mr Watson said.

“It was meant to be the war to end all wars, but world war would again erupt in a little over 20 years and Australia would again come forward to defend freedom.

“Australia’s defence forces have continued to be involved in peacekeeping operations all over the world

“And so, we gather again in this place to renew that pledge made 100 years ago;  that we will never forget those that paid the supreme sacrifice for their country, and those that have suffered for their service.

Ken Fitzgerald then delivered an oration – something that has become a highlight of the dawn service in recent years. This time he documented  the life of VC recipient Arthur Sullivan.

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