Cadets from the Navy Cadet Unit TS Shropshire at the South Grafton Cenotaph.
Cadets from the Navy Cadet Unit TS Shropshire at the South Grafton Cenotaph. Jojo Newby

Respect for a great tradition

A LARGE crowd gathered in Skinner St, South Grafton, yesterday morning to witness the

Anzac Day march through the streets to the riverside Cenotaph in Lane Boulevard.

Under an ominous sky, the procession, made up of Army and Navy cadet units, school children, Scottish pipe band members, and people representing those who had served our country, wound its way along Skinner St amid flashing cameras and admiring families, friends and visitors.

The small contingent marching along the street created a lump in the throat for many onlookers as the bagpipes echoed their eerie tune and the drums delivered a rhythmic beat and the crowds followed alongside.

Member for Clarence Steve Cansdell made an emotional and personal speech to introduce the formal proceedings at the Cenotaph, a speech that visibly affected several onlookers who were already feeling the strong memories that rise to the surface on every Anzac Day.

A string of people representing a cross-section of the local community, placed wreaths at the base of the Cenotaph, creating a visible reminder of the day and a colourful sentiment of respect and appreciation felt and expressed in thoughts and words by the majority of the crowd, both young and old.

School children recited words that echoed private thoughts, and Last Post was carried on the breeze across the Clarence River.

Despite the threat of the dark clouds, the rain held off and the weather became humid, resulting in a few people in the crowd

requiring medical help or being assisted to a cooler spot.

The one strong comment voiced by many people at this event was the reason they were there was to show respect and keep the tradition alive, and say a quiet ‘thank you' to those who fought to give us the life we have today.

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