Veterans honoured at RSL sub-branch Anzac service

Hundreds gathered to pay their respects to veterans and serving personnel at the Picton-Thirlmere-Bargo RSL sub-branch Anzac Day commemoration service.

Members of community groups and school students walked in the march and attended the service at Thirlmere Memorial Park on Sunday, April 22.

Campbelltown Camden District Band lead the march from Westbourne Avenue to the Memorial Park.

Guests were treated to a special fly over by 37SQN Royal Australian Air Force before the service started.

Sub-branch president Barbara Edwards welcomed the crowd.

“Anzac Day is about honouring those who fought in battle and those who are still fighting,” she said. “And those veterans who continue to need help. The sub-branch is there for veterans and their families.”

Wollondilly Council’s executive director Ally Dench gave the commemoration address.

She spoke of her grandfather’s experience in World War I and her trips to Gallipoli to honour his death.

Civic leaders including mayor Judith Hannan and deputy mayor Robert Khan attended.

As did veterans and their families, 237 regional cadet unit, Veterans Motorcycle Club and Thirlmere Girl Guides.

Volunteers from Thirlmere Rural Fire Service, members of Campbelltown RSL sub-branch and Vietnam Veterans Association Macarthur branch also attended.

Students from Thirlmere Public School, Wollondilly Anglican College and Picton High School proudly walked in the march and listened to the service.

Prayers were said, wreaths were laid, the Last Post was sounded and the Australian Anthem was sung.

About 150 people stayed for an afternoon tea.

Ms Edwards encouraged any veterans who were interested in joining the sub-branch to meet on the fourth Sunday of the each month at 10am at the RSL hall.

For more information on other Anzac Day services, visit: Wollondilly Anzac Day Services 2018