Brian Kinsella with his grandson Jackson Newbold at the Anzac Day ceremony at Alstonville. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Brian Kinsella with his grandson Jackson Newbold at the Anzac Day ceremony at Alstonville. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

Younger generation supports Anzac Day in Alstonville

SCHOOL children, teachers and emergency services staff were among those to join servicemen and women for the Anzac Day march and civic ceremony in Alstonville earlier today.

A crowd of close to 500 people gathered in Elizabeth Anne Brown Park to show their respects at the service and listen to the Anzac Requiem delivered by Grahame Gooding, RSL Alstonville sub-branch president.

The sacrifice made by Australia’s servicemen and women during wartime “should be remembered in times of peace and freedom”, he said.

The program included local primary school children reciting stories they wrote about the Anzac tradition. They included Adrian Singh (Alstonville Primary), Ainsleigh Woolven (St Joseph’s Primary), Poppy Bayley-Tindley (Rous Primary School) and Saski Bilson (Wollongbar Primary).

Ella Webb from Emmanuel College gave a talk on her visit to Anzac Cove in Turkey for the dawn service last year.

Patrick Bundock from Alstonville High talked about why it was important for Australians to remember the lost battles, the cost of war and the message of “endurance in the face of conflict”.

At just after 10.15am the service was buzzed by a low-flying RAF FA-18 Hornet jet fighter and earlier in the day soldiers from the 41st Battalion Royal New South Wales Regiment attended the dawn service.