RURAL COMMEMORATION: Becky Searles, left, Glen Cormick, Stan Cormick, Mark Searles, Norm Cormick, Alec Cormick and Raymond Corm
RURAL COMMEMORATION: Becky Searles, left, Glen Cormick, Stan Cormick, Mark Searles, Norm Cormick, Alec Cormick and Raymond Corm

Valley?s villages reflect



WHILE the bigger towns throughout the Valley celebrated Anzac Day with hundreds of participants, the smaller villages in the region participated in their own unique way.

At the old Tullymorgan School Reserve residents held a dawn service, a catafalque march and gunfire breakfast to commemorate the day.

Participant Sue Searles said the service was a wonderful occasion.

"It was great to see the march full of people in their oil-skins carrying makeshift .303 rifles," she said.

"It was such a beautiful atmosphere in the rural setting, with the kookaburras and cattle mooing ? it was really haunting and emo- tional."

Over at Iluka, record crowds attended the commemorative services held throughout the morning.

Iluka RSL vice-president Jock Burnett said a record number of more than 100 people made it to the dawn service.

Mr Burnett said the mid-morning service featured the veteran march past, which was cheered on by more than 50 school children.

He said the biggest crowd to ever attend the morning commemoration also witnessed the dedication of a newly-constructed garden recently built around the cenotaph.

Mr Burnett said the crowd was treated to a bagpiper and various moving speeches and the day proved fitting of such an occasion.



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