Iluka veterans honoured
MORE than 150 people made their way to the Iluka cenotaph for the dawn service – believed to be the biggest turnout in the town’s history.
The 33 members of the Iluka-Chatsworth RSL sub-branch were there to honour mates from their era of war, as well as the young people of Australia serving in conflicts around the world.
During the 11am Iluka service, there was a fly-over by Wing Commander Glen Braz, squadron leader of the Super Hornets recently brought from the United States for modern-day defence of Australia.
Braz was born and bred in Iluka. Being based at Amberley RAAF Base, he made a special trip south to honour Anzac Day in his home town.
Robb Thomas, son of the sub-branch’s treasurer Brian Thomas, was recently awarded the best skilled at small weaponry and recognised for excelling in physical fitness in his army training.
Iluka teenager Thomas Mahoney recently embarked on his basic training in the army.
Richard Hammond, 99, the surviving World War II member of the sub-branch and also the oldest man in Iluka, described the town’s Anzac Day service as ‘very nice’.