Rain did not dampen spirits on Anzac Day

May 05, 2017

Laying a wreath: Cobram and District Specialist School's Shakaya Graham and Laurie Norgate.

Pretty in pink: A little girl walks in the march

Service: The Cobram Scouts catafalque party makes its way to the stage.

In honour: Ambulance Victoria's Michael Bennett and Victoria Police's Dave Young lay wreaths.

In memory: Local emergency services volunteers lay wreaths.

Special duty: St Joseph's Primary School students Mackenzie Iddles, Maya Shannon and Callum Hulley lay thier wreath.

In our thoughts: Liana and Mia Stanyer place poppies of remembrance.

Special honour: Current serviceman Corporal Paul Rowe lays a wreath.

Marching in honour: The Cobram and District Pony Club.

Paying thier respects: Many also attended a service at the Barooga Sports Club.

Dozens of wreaths were laid solemnly in remembrance of all who have fought and died for Australia on Anzac Day in Cobram and Barooga last Tuesday.

Despite the continuing rain, dozens marched to the Civic Centre from Station St under the cover of umbrellas and raincoats.

Hundreds packed into the Civic Centre to pay tribute to those who served and paid the ultimate price.

Local school students sang Can You Hear Australia’s Heroes Marching to begin the ceremony.

Wreaths were then laid across the front of the room from many different organisations and groups across the community, which were re-laid at the cenotaph outside at the conclusion of the ceremony once the rain had cleared.

Reverend Maryann Leonard presented the opening prayer, with Father John Corcoran presenting the closing prayer and benediction, and Pastor Tom Tali in attendance.

Students from local schools presented poems, readings and songs about the origins and history of Anzac Day and local servicemen, while an aircraft flyover was also conducted during the commemorations.

Emcee Bert Orr said he’d been to many Anzac ceremonies, but Cobram stood out.

‘‘Because of the involvement of the children, which I think is really important to keep it moving forward,’’ he said.

The Australian and New Zealand national anthems were played, and those gathered were invited to lay poppies of remembrance.

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