Toodyay RSL Sub-Branch
THE quiet of the dawn was both serene and beautiful as some 300 people gathered on the lawns surrounding the Toodyay War Memorial for this year’s Anzac Day dawn service.
As day was breaking and light appeared through the magnificent memorial lemon scented gum trees, the gathering was hushed and reflective, taking in the moment and the reason they were there on this day, at that hour and in this place.
The service was conducted by the RSL.
Two scouts read out the roll of honour so we could all remember those men and women from Toodyay who did not come home from war.
It is now 102 years since Australian and New Zealand troops landed on the shores at
A magnificent Gunfire Breakfast followed the dawn service. It was held at the Museum Precinct – in particular at the relocated and restored Wicklow Shearing shed.
Toodyay Lions served eggs, bacon, coffee and rum to a very appreciative gathering.
At 10:45 the street parade of about 70 marchers, headed by a bagpipe and drum, stepped off from Stirling Terrace.
They included ex-service personnel, St John Ambulance, Toodyay District High School emergency cadets, representatives from fire and rescue and volunteer fire brigades,Toodyay Police and children.
The parade marched to Anzac Memorial park for the 11 o’clock service where they were greeted by ex-service personnel, and a large group of locals and visitors.
The service was conducted by the RSL with Sue Eldridge as MC.
Toodyay RSL President Peter Brennan, Toodyay Shire President David Dow and RAAF Representative Flying Officer Michael Mihalic gave addresses.
Peter ended his address with words spoken in 1945 by then Toodyay RSL sub branch President E. Hayes: “We cannot, we must not, we shall not forget.” The Toodyay singers gave renditions of Lest We Forget and I Am Australian. and we all sang the New Zealand and Australian National anthems.
Singers member David sang And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda, which clearly made people swallow firmly, a powerful conclusion to the significant service.
The day concluded with a luncheon and much fellowship at the Toodyay Club.
Anzac Day 2017 in Toodyay was a most moving, memorable and enjoyable day.
For being involved and supporting the RSL, thanks go to the Shire of Toodyay, Toodyay Scouts, Toodyay Police, Toodyay St John Ambulance, Lions Club of Toodyay Toodyay Singers and all Toodyay residents.