HOW good was it to see so many young children involved in the Anzac Day commemorations ceremonies in Home Hill on Tuesday, April 25.
From the early start at the Dawn Service through to the street parade and Cenotaph commemoration services, there were children holding the hands of parents, siblings and teachers as they lined up to play their part in learning what Anzac Day is all about.
All took part in remembering and appreciating the sacrifices that were made by tens of thousands of Australian men and women who paid the supreme sacrifice in conflicts around the world from before and after Gallipoli to ensure we can enjoy the freedoms we have while living in this country.
That was particularly evident from a display of “Postcards of Honour” at the Home Hill RSL Sub-Branch’s “Gunfire Breakfast” and after the Cenotaph service—Post Cards filled out by young participants to show what they are thinking about what Anzac Day is all about.
Some of the responses on the cards drew emotional responses when families realised the moving comments were from their own youthful family members.
The large school groups also added to the parade and the huge shade trees in the park near the cenotaph ensured the young participants were able to sit comfortably out of the sun during the ceremonies.
Overall, it was a credit to the members of the Home Hill Sub-Branch of the RSL and the young children themselves that the services were completed successfully.
After all, it will be these children who could be leading the services in the future, although all hopes will be that they can undertake such tasks without having to go through the many conflicts that their forebears had to suffer through.