Hundreds attended Mactier Gardens in Tatura on Anzac Day last week to celebrate the lives of those who have served to protect our borders.
The event began with a parade down Hogan St, led by Goulburn Valley Pipes and Drums and local women Gabrielle Coombs dressed in replica attire of a World War I nurse.
This was a first for the Tatura event and for the Goulburn Valley.
‘‘We are proud to have a nurse at the front of our parade and to celebrate women during war,’’ Tatura RSL member Vince Vincitorio said.
The parade continued with members of the Tatura RSL Sub-Branch, CFA, SES, Tatura Football Netball Club, Sacred Heart School, Tatura Primary School and Tatura Girl Guides.
As the gardens filled to capacity with guests, Tatura RSL Sub-Branch vice-president Rod Schubert began the event by thanking everyone for their time on the 103rd anniversary of Anzac Day.
Wreaths were laid around the cenotaph by numerous local organisations, schools, families and Greater Shepparton City Council representatives.
Tatura RSL Sub-Branch president Mark Sommers began the speeches, followed by guest speaker Don Kilgour and Sacred Heart Parish priest Father Michael Morley.
Guests were treated to songs from local choir Turaton Music Company and a ‘‘fly-over’’ in honour of those who fought and those who did not return home from war.
‘‘It’s been a good day and everyone has done a great job,’’ Mr Sommers said.
- Ashlea Witoslawski