Hundreds honour fallen Anzacs
A CLEAR autumn morning in the 100th year since the end of World War 1 provided a perfect setting for Toodyay to honour the memory of its local men and women who fought and died for our country in war.
This year’s Anzac Day ceremonies were enhanced by the Shire of Toodyay’s $110,000 War Memorial Park upgrade, with a more level area for veterans, relatives and friends to gather and remember.
The traditional Dawn Service drew about 400 people who assembled in a new landscaped area bordered by fresh gardens in a more intimate space for community prayers and reflection in the pale dawn light.Read more
This was followed by an RSL Gunfire Breakfast a short distance up the road at the shire’s Old Wicklow Shearing Sheds.
Commemorations resumed at 10.30am with the traditional Anzac Day Parade from the Toodyay Memorial Hall in Stirling Terrace, led by Scottish bagpipes, a drummer and police traffic escort.
The solemn Main Service was marked by speeches, prayers, a laying of wreaths, the lowering of flags, the Last Post, an RAAF flyover and a moving rendition of And The Band Played Waltzing Matilda, followed by traditional drinks at the Toodyay Club.