Bega marked Anzac Day 2018 under a bright sunny sky with a background of trilling magpies on Wednesday, April 25.
The march along Carp St was appreciated by many onlookers cheering on as ex-service men and women were joined by representatives of the district’s various schools and clubs.
The march was led by a catafalque party from 5th Engineers who took post at the Bega War Memorial Gate for the 11am service honouring all those who have served this country, past and present.
The special oration this year was from Bega High School student Kel Britten, who offered a history of the Anzac tradition and a reflection on the battle of Villers-Bretonneux, which took place 100 years ago to the day.
“The day the Anzacs landed at Gallipoli is etched into our national psyche – one of the most gruelling military campaigns the world has ever seen. They were tested and not found wanting.
“The story of the Anzacs does not weary in the telling, indeed the message of mateship, valour, patriotism and passion continues to be an inspiration and source of pride for Australians today,” Kel said.
“And yet Gallipoli is just one small chapter in the broader story of war and sacrifice.”
“Australia’s link to Villers-Bretonneux continues today – 100 years later the Australian flag still flies over the village and kangaroos adorn the town hall entrance,” Kel said.
“The village children attend Victoria School...and above the school’s blackboards are the words “Do not forget Australia”.
“Just as the people of Villers-Bretonneux remembers, so do we – not just the Anzacs, but the many thousands of men and women who fought and continue to fight.”