Memorials well attended

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A member of the public pays her respects by planting her poppy, following the Anzac Day dawn parade and service at the Balclutha Cenotaph on Renfrew St on Sunday. PHOTO: RICHARD DAVISON

A member of the public pays her respects by planting her poppy, following the Anzac Day dawn parade and service at the Balclutha cenotaph in Renfrew St on Sunday. Several hundred people gathered to commemorate the contributions of the district’s Anzacs at the service. Led by Pastor Alex McLaughlin, the service followed a traditional pattern, including the Reveille being played by bugler Warrick Thompson of the Balclutha Brass Band and speeches from South Otago High School’s head boy and girl, Corporal Sean Jones of the Clutha RSA and Clutha Mayor Bryan Cadogan. Freedom had always come at a price throughout history, Mr Cadogan said. ‘‘Our Anzacs paid that price through their sacrifices, and we remember and give thanks to them today.’’ Milton’s mid morning parade and service also drew a crowd of about 400 this year. Officials reported smaller gatherings at the district’s rural memorials were similarly well attended, despite rain and cold conditions in some places.
REPORT & PHOTO: RICHARD DAVISON