Anzac Day commemorated at Penola

Anzac Day commemorated at Penola

Abeautiful autumn morning greeted more than 300 people who gathered in Penola to commemorate Anzac Day.

Coonawarra Penola RSL president Peter DeGaris was thrilled with the turnout who attended the morning service in the cool but fine conditions.

He also said it was great to see so many people at the gunfire breakfast, warming up with an egg and bacon breakfast, cooked by volunteers Bill Murray, John Zwar and David Marcus.

Alex Quick, Kim, Addie and Sophie Wilson.

“It was the first time since World War II there had been no World War II veterans at the service,” Mr DeGaris said.

“However we convened a service at Pinchunga at the Penola hospital to share with World War II veteran Roen Lynn, who resides there and as usual he was bright and chirpy at the at the age of 97 years.”

Mr DeGaris led the service proceedings, which involved a performance of the combined schools choir who sang the song of Australia.

Penola Primary Choir. Pics: With Love Photography/Christy Radford

Father Peter Zwaans also participated in the early morning service.

Wreaths were laid by the RSL and many other local organisations, along with schools and people from the public.

Organist Brian Lynn and bugler Evan Markwick also officiated with Evan playing the Last Post.

Lee Shelton, Sam McPherson holding Isobel McPherson, Katie McPherson, Kerry McPherson, Shane McPherson, Maddie McPherson, Mason Fatchen and Layla Fatchen.

Both have been involved with the morning service at Penola for many years.

The Ode of Remembrance cited by Mr DeGaris completed the service.

A march then left the memorial park and finished at the RSL clubrooms.

Father Peter Zwaans and Neil Slade with the Anzac Flag.
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