War grave dedication part of commemoration

May 04, 2018

Arthur McCartney and Ken Brown.

Paul Gibson, Dawn Pyle and John Honeychurch at the Berrigan Service.

Berrigan residents showed their national pride by lining the streets for the annual Anzac Day march on Wednesday.

Starting at the post office, the procession made its way along Chanter St to the Berrigan RSL building.

Berrigan RSL Sub-branch members led the way followed by local community groups including Red Cross, CWA, both primary schools, hospital auxilliary and Finley High School students.

The crowd paid their respects with the traditional minute silence and ‘Last Post’ before making their way inside for the service.

Former Navy Lieutenant Commander Ken Brown was the special guest, sharing his own experiences.

Sub-branch president Jeff Stein said the service and march was well received.

‘‘We’re very happy with the support we received for this event; it’s getting bigger every year,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s very good to see a lot of kids march and line the streets.

‘‘Anzac Day teaches them about the values of our country and the freedom for which we stand.’’

A day earlier, the Berrigan RSL Sub-branch paid tribute to five war veterans buried at Berrigan Cemetery with the dedication of official war graves for Private John ‘Jack’ Morrison, Private John Albert Egan, Gunner John Bernard Smith, David Hobson Lundon (NZ military) and William James Greggery.

The Berrigan Sub-branch has worked for three years with the Commonwealth Commemorative War Graves Australia and Commonwealth Commemorative War Graves New Zealand to provide a Commemorative War Grave or Plaque of Recognition for each.

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