By Tamara Laurence:
This year Living Choice Alloura Waters residents happily put last year’s COVID restricted ANZAC Day behind them and commemorated the day with a full agenda of traditional activities.
The village program started early as a number of residents stood on their driveways with candles and torches for a “Light up the Dawn” activity while they listened to the Memorial Service live from Canberra on the ABC radio.
Once the sun was up, around 80 residents gathered at 11am in the Community Centre for a very moving ANZAC Day ceremony which focused on the Centenary Year of the Royal Australian Air Force, with an address by the current Chief of the Air Force played on the big screen.
A heartfelt poetry reading moved the audience as it summed up the true spirit of the ANZAC and was followed by a speech from their resident ex-service Padre.
Another great ANZAC tradition, The Ode to the ANZACs was recited and then the reveille of the Last Post rung through the air before the mood was lifted with the singing of Advance Australia Fair to conclude the formal proceedings.
Afterwards, residents came together for a barbeque lunch which included a few drinks, ample ANZAC biscuits and live music provided by the resident Alloura Waters band – The Gunner Doers – who jeered up the crowd as they belted out a good selection of appropriate ANZAC Day numbers.
To add a little more tradition, and lots more excitement to the afternoon, a game of Two-up broke out with attempts at keeping the ‘cheating’ at bay met with little success.
A wonderful day was had by all as this year’s ANZAC Day celebration was once again restored to a community event.