Friday, 25 April 2014

ANZAC Day dawn service

We were all up at 5:30am today, so as to assemble near the caravan park shop by 6:00am for the ANZAC Day march and dawn service.

We were offered orders of service. As a former member of the armed forces, Nick was given a wreath to carry (and later place on the memorial).

We then "formed up" in rows of three and the leader of the march carried a beautiful kerosene lantern to light our way along the road.

Nick, Vaughan and I were in the second row, so couldn't see what was going on behind us but every so often there was an instruction to "slow down" and we did our best to pace ourselves between the leaders and the followers!  We gathered at the memorial and I was surprised to see so around thirty people in attendance (as Yowah's resident population is "about 60", according to the Paroo Shire Council).

It was a good service.  Vaughan and his teacher represented the school - and laid a wreath that the students made yesterday.  One of the local station owners did a fly-over at the conclusion of the formalities - then we shared a tea and toast breakfast.

Very generous "tots" of rum were served and we chatted for a little while before heading home to pack up for our day's adventuring.  

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