Anzacs fought for our freedom
By ADRIAN MILLER
WHEN the crowd faces east to complete the Anzac Day dawn ceremony with Reveille at Wooli today, they will face a scene not unlike the one those at Gallipoli will look upon. The Wooli cenotaph, a small square-topped pyramid-like structure with the Australian flag bellowing from its top, is nestled between the raging Pacific Ocean and a crop of she-oak gum trees. The dune drops off to the beach, giving the viewer an uninterrupted view out to sea and along the beach. The meagre vegetation and flat terrain does not mirror the hilly, scrub-like growth around Anzac Cove, but the sense of history and honour prevails. Stand at the cenotaph, face out to sea and listen to the wind ? and if you concentrate, it's easy to imagine what the Diggers would have faced early on the morning of April 25, 1915. Although the pod of dolphins which visited during last year's service never stopped by Gallipoli. At Wooli today two ceremonies will be held to mark the anniversary ? the traditional dawn service and a mid-morning service from 11am. Held by members of the RSL Grafton Sub-Branch and servicing the communities of Wooli, Diggers Headland, Minnie Water and Pillar Valley, they will feature local dignitaries, war veterans and a march past to recognise some of Australia's greatest heroes. Organiser Peter Curtis said the day would be even more special, with the announcement they will receive a seedling grown from the original Lone Pine which stands at Gallipoli. "We will present it to the Wooli Public School after the holidays and they will plant it and care for it," he said. n The Alumy Creek Museum's Memorial Room and display, located at 465 Lawrence Road via Grafton, will be open for public viewing from 1pm until 3pm today. Afternoon tea and biscuits will be served.
WE WILL REMEMBER: Peter Curtis, left, raises the flag at the Wooli cenotaph as Wooli Bowling Club secretary manager Todd Kadwell and Mick Hull look on. Photo: ADAM HOURIGAN.