The Anzac pride was strongly evident within the ranks at the Dawn Service at Grafton Memorial Park.
The Anzac pride was strongly evident within the ranks at the Dawn Service at Grafton Memorial Park. Jojo Newby

Priest collapses at Anzac service

CONCERN swept over the crowd gathered at the 96th Grafton Commem-orative Anzac Day Service when Father Rex Hackett collapsed on stage during the reveille.

Luckily ambulance officers were on hand to offer their assistance.

Dr Alastair McInnis, who had just been performing with the Grafton District Services Club Pipe Band dropped his bagpipes to go and help.

Father Rex, according to the Grafton Catholic Diocese, had collapsed due to low blood pressure and was being treated in Grafton Base Hospital yesterday for the ailment as well as a gash he sustained when he fell.

Students from Westlawn Public School, Grafton Public School, McAuley Catholic College and Grafton High School spoke to the crowd and the veterans present about what the Anzac spirit meant to them.

Grafton High School captain Natasha Baxter conveyed one of the most important messages surrounding Anzac Day when she addressed the crowd.

“We may not remember the faces or the personalities of our Diggers, but we remember the spirit,” she said.

“May we, young and old, honour these men and women who have given themselves to our country.

“But most importantly, may we never forget the meaning behind those words we say every year, Lest We Forget.”



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