Wooli commemorates fallen soldiers
PETER Curtis has been organising the Wooli dawn service, and the 11am march since he took over from the World War II Veterans in 2004.
In 1952, Mr Curtis joined the National Service and began training at Holsworthy in Sydney. After his training, Mr Curtis became apart of the Citizens Military Force where he operated a Matilda Tank.
"That was only a weekend warrior. I called myself an S.A.S Serviceman, it was only Saturdays and Sundays," Mr Curtis said.
With the ordinary weather at Wooli for both services yesterday, Mr Curtis said he was surprised by the turn out of people to the morning service. Around 60 people braved the weather for Dawn Service and the March at 11am had a similar turnout.
"I was looking at the weather and I thought we might have to move inside, which we'd arranged,
"We had a plan B that if it did pour down rain we'd have to muster everyone into the club," he said.
The 11am March saw the kids from Wooli Public School join the commemoration with the laying of the wreath and the school captains reading the Anzac Verse.
Cadets from the HMAS Shropshire joined the Dawn Service and 11am Service as the Catafalque Party.
The president of the Wooli Bowling Club Phil Baynham said Anzac Day is what Australia is all about.
"We are able to help out the community," he said about the club having sponsored the event since 1963.
"It brings people together. It's not only about Ex-Serviceman anymore, these days there are fewer and fewer," Mr Baynham said.
At the Wooli Dawn Service, the oldest Veteran was 96-year-old Henry "Corky" Caldwell from Minnie Water who served during World War II in the Army.