Tiny town, big respect

May 02, 2018

Paying their respects: plenty of school children turned out for the Katamatite Anzac Day ceremony last Monday.

New friend: the kids get up close and personal with a horse from the Australian Light Horse Association.

The small and tight-knit community of Katamatite banded together on April 23 to commemorate our Anzacs and acknowledge the efforts of our servicemen and women currently in action.

June Wood from the Katamatite Community Action Group said the day was enjoyed by all.

‘‘It is only a small service. We work with the RSL and held it on the Monday so the kids could get involved with it,’’ Mrs Wood said.

‘‘Uncle Leon, an indigenous elder from Shepparton, did a smoke ceremony to begin proceedings, something he has done the past two years now, which was fantastic.

‘‘Just as a bit of a twist, this year we decided to get the Light Horse involved with it, which the kids were pretty happy about.’’

While the town never gets a massive turnout considering its small population, Mrs Wood said that did not subtract from the meaning of the event.

‘‘It was a very nice morning,’’ she said.

‘‘It was very small in comparison to Cobram, but that doesn’t matter. It is all about paying respect to the soldiers who have sacrificed so much for our country.’’

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