Sacrifices honoured

Declan BushAugusta Margaret River Times
Carol Clinch, Judith Carey, Kim McKeown, and Neil McLeod.
Camera IconCarol Clinch, Judith Carey, Kim McKeown, and Neil McLeod.

Residents gathered at Memorial Park on Tuesday for one of the biggest Anzac Day services in recent years.

About 500 people attended the dawn service and Margaret River RSL president Keith Simmonds praised the level of community support for the event.

Mr Simmonds said it was a day to remember all Australians killed in armed conflict throughout history and to remember the people’s role in deciding Australia’s military involvements.

“There are more areas of conflict than ever before,” he said.

“These decisions are made by the Australian people.

“There is an enormous responsibility in this, and one which we should never forget.”

Bunbury 10th Light Horse Association member Ian Hutchins’ Anzac Day address told of the WA regiment’s involvement in Gallipoli and Egypt, where infantry and their horses were killed in great numbers.

Residents paid their respects at Tuesday's Anzac Day dawn service.
Camera IconResidents paid their respects at Tuesday's Anzac Day dawn service. Credit: Declan Bush

Mr Hutchins said mounted infantry were important in many conflicts, but the soldiers were not allowed to take their horses home after the war because of quarantine risk.

He said the surviving animals were sent to the Western Front, sold to the Indian army, or shot, to the soldiers’ dismay.

Mr Hutchins read a poem by soldier Oliver Hogue to remember the horses used in the war.

“They never forgot them, and neither should we,” he said.

Margaret River cadets laid wreaths during the ceremony.
Camera IconMargaret River cadets laid wreaths during the ceremony.
Kiera Smirke sang the Australian national anthem.
Camera IconKiera Smirke sang the Australian national anthem.

Willlmott Avenue was closed between the main street and Townview Terrace to cope with the increasing crowds.

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