Captain shares his story

May 03, 2018

Michael Baldwin, Garry Borger and Paul Burchat at the Jerilderie service.

Laurie and David Blackmore.

Jerilderie paid tribute to our war heroes with its annual Anzac Day march and service last Wednesday.

Returned servicemen and women marched along Jerilderie St, led by the catafalque party.

At the end of the march, local community groups were asked to lay wreaths at the Cenotaph, including Jerilderie RSL Sub-branch, Murrumbidgee Council, local schools, Tidy Towns, Lions, church groups and Jerilderie emergency services.

The community then filed into the Civic Hall for the service where Captain Jack Herrad, who is based in Forest Hill near Wagga Wagga, discussed the traditions of the ANZAC.

Finley High School student Zac Barlow spoke about his trip to the Western Front in 2017, and RSL Sub-branch president Laurie Blackmore shared his personal experiences serving in the Vietnam War.

Mr Blackmore said he was thrilled with the number of people who took part in the march and service.

‘‘There are a lot more people here this year than last year,’’ he said during the ceremony.

‘‘It’s such an important day on the Australian calendar.

‘‘It’s wonderful to see families turn out and support us as we walked along the main street.’’

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