Community pays its respects

April 27, 2017

Honouring the fallen: Caitlin Verlin lays flowers in memory.

Honour: Katamatite Primary School leader Cooper Popelier also read.

In memory: Cobram Barooga RSL members Greg Monk and Rob Brown lay a wreath.

Remembering the fallen: Cooper Fitzgerald and Declan Cameron lay flowers.

Laying a wreath: Jessica Glass and Millie Eddy.

Solemn: Miranda Eddy walks up to lay her wreath.

In honour: CFA's John Parnell lays flowers in memory.

The Katamatite community came together on Monday to remember and honour those who fought for the country and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The community’s Anzac Day commemorations at the Katamatite War Memorial saw young and old gather to pay their respects.

Indigenous elder Uncle Leon Saunders performed a traditional smoking ceremony to ward off bad spirits and provide safe passage across the land for people.

‘‘A lot of our people fought in all the different theatres of war,’’ he said.

‘‘A lot of them went off to war and many never came back.’’

Iris Pendlebury led the group with the Anzac prayer, while Katamatite Primary School student Cooper Popelier read a tribute to the soldiers.

Wreaths were laid by the school’s students and on behalf of Katamatite’s many groups, organisations and clubs.

Noel Stedman ended the official service with a rendition of The Last Post with his bugle.

●For more on the Anzac Day commemorations, see next week’s edition of the Courier.

●For more on the annual Anzac dinner and presentation of RSL Cobram Barooga life memberships, see page 12.

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