Anzac Day in Rainbow saw more than 100 people gather at the cenotaph in Federal Street where Honorary President of the Friends of the Rainbow RSL, Peter Gosling, welcomed all.
Wreaths were laid by many members of the public including Member for Lowan Emma Kealy, Hindmarsh Shire Mayor Ron Ismay, Rainbow P-12 College school captains, Yaapeet Primary School’s Breanna Francis, and the Rainbow Scout Group.
A minute’s silence followed the wreath laying before Peter Gosling played The Last Post and The Rouse.
Ex service members then led a march around the garden before everyone headed into the Mecca for a commemoration ceremony.
Peter Gosling led the ceremony where he welcomed all before commemorating the local ex service people who have passed away in the previous 12 months which included Bill Dellar and Jean Harper.
During the singing of several hymns, the Rainbow Community Choir led the crowd with Joan Douglas on the piano.
Charlie Wall recited the Anzac Requiem. A collection was taken while the choir sang a number of songs. The collection raised $1059.20 which will be kept locally and used for maintenance and support of the clubrooms and well as the cenotaph.
The guest speakers gave wonderful speeches with their personal touches adding to the emotion of the day.
The day was finished with the singing of the National Anthem.
Anzac Day at Jeparit began with a Dawn Service which attracted about seventy people.
The main service at 11am at the town’s Memorial Hall was attended by over one hundred people including twelve former sailors who had served on HMAS Jeparit between 1969 and 1972.
Jeparit RSL President Roger De Pretto welcomed everyone to this service. After the hymn ‘O God Our Help in Ages Past’, the guest speaker, Peter Burge delivered his address.
Jeparit Primary School students Georgia Hutson and Marcel Badua then recited the Laurence Binyon poem Flanders Fields, which was followed by those students present singing the first two verses of Onward Christian Soldiers with the rest of those present joining in for the last verse.
Jeparit RSL Secretary Campbell McKenzie then led those present in The Lord’s Prayer and he then recited the Requiem. After a minute’s silence Advance Australia Fair was sung.
Then those attending the service marched to the Broadway War Memorials led by the Primary School Students and their teachers followed by the wreath layers and the former HMAS sailors.
Wreaths were laid at memorials while the Primary School students planted wooden crosses around the base of the WWII memorial.
A lunch was then enjoyed back at the hall.