ANZAC Day Churchill and district

ANZAC Day is an opportunity to acknowledge the horrors of war, respect the fallen, the wounded, those who had to stay behind and carry on without loved family members, and to remember that peace is far better.
It is a time to be grateful for our freedom here in Australia; freedom because of those who fought to keep us free.
Predicted rain didn’t fall and the ANZAC Day ceremony in Churchill was held in fine weather. A large crowd gathered all aroundthe civic space.
Another first for the Churchill ceremony was the provision of a gunfire breakfast prior to the ceremony.
The Churchill Lions Club with help from the Rotary Club of Hazelwood, cooked and served the egg and bacon  sandwiches and sausages which were hungrily consumed by those attending. This was able to be facilitated
through a Latrobe City Community Grant, for which the council is heartily thanked, through the efforts of the Lions and Rotary Clubs. 
Vietnam Veteran Don George was the master of ceremonies. He welcomed everyone and read about the ANZAC legend and Australia’s involvement through the ages to present day.
The growing support and respect ANZAC Day has in our community was evident with the laying of 21 wreaths. Guest speaker Christine Johnson supported by her daughter Hollie, spoke about the Beersheba re-enactment to which her
sister Doris went in Israel. It was the chance to honour the dedicated service provided by the Aboriginal people of Australia who had excellent horse skills, during World War 1.
Christine spoke of the hope the Aboriginal men had that they may be treated better when they returned, but the opposite was the case.