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    CEREMONY: Rex Dumensy hands over a torch to Gerard Emmett at an Anzac Day dawn service at Horsham cenotaph. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

Anzac Day a celebration of ‘human spirit’

Wimmera-Mallee residents turned out in force at Anzac Day events across the region on Sunday to pay tribute to past and present servicemen and women. 

Horsham RSL president Bob Lockwood was among leaders to celebrate a return of public services in 2021, after last year’s gatherings were cancelled in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

He expressed his pleasure while addressing a crowd of about 700 at a dawn service at Horsham and District War Memorial and Cenotaph at Sawyer Park. “I must say it is fantastic to see the amount of young people here today, it’s growing every year,” he said.

“Our Anzac Day is their Anzac Day.”

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Wimmera police Superintendent Ian Milner also addressed the Horsham service, highlighting the importance of celebrating the spirit of Anzac and honouring the dead.

Mr Milner said Anzac Day was a great Australian and New Zealand tradition. 

“It is celebrated all over our two nations and wherever Australians are overseas,” he said.

“It is our day – a day to remember with affection the courage of people and the value of friendship, to honour the dead and acknowledge those who suffer still from the effects of war.

“We do not celebrate victory or glorify war, we celebrate the human spirit, the spirit of Anzac. We will remember them.”

Horsham leaders also hosted a march from the RSL to the cenotaph and a commemorative service at 11am. 


PHOTOS: 2021 Horsham Anzac Day Dawn Service

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