50th Anzac Day Celebrations- War Heroes honoured

Impromptu Anzac march

Centurion Tank served in Vietnam

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of ANZAC DAY in Westonia, Western Australia

Over 200 people congregated in the small town of Westonia on Anzac Day 25th April 2008. There to celebrate the first service held in the old miners' hall for more than fifty years.

We stayed in the Westonia Caravan Park in this small town in Western Australia and woke early. Holidaymakers and some who had come to the town specifically to celebrate this momentous occasion (like us) were delighted to be included in the spontaneous organisation of a dawn service march around the park to the flagpole.

All took part in the spirit of this momentous occasion. As no one had any proper gear, a hand basin and a stick served as the drum, another member acted as group leader controlling the march. He carried a pair of undies with the Australian flag printed on them.

We all followed one another to the accompaniment of left, left, left right left around the park to the flagpole.

Once there we all stood to attention (except for those trying to take memorable photos), a small toy flag was raised to the top of the flagpole, followed by a minute's silence. With this serious event over, we fell into line, marched back to the park, and had a very enjoyable community breakfast with all the park marchers.

Anac day March on April 25th 2008

During the Speaches

Mr Ted Anderson joined up with the others and was thanked for the work he did organising this event

The Anzac Day Service

At ten o'clock, we joined in the real activities of Anzac Day Celebrations. They brought a Centurion tank into town especially for the event. It had been in active service during the Vietnam conflict. My husband marched proudly wearing his father's war medals, with about thirty other people.

Speeches followed and presentations made to a few of the older diggers. After the ceremony, everyone enjoyed a light lunch. We saw photos of what our men suffered through projected onto the wall behind the festivities.

People had come from all over the state to commemorate the first Anzac day ceremony that Westonia celebrated in fifty years since the men had joined the forces.

We heard many tales about the highs and lows of life since joining. These were continued at the local pub late into the evening. Many memories shared of those, no longer with them but still remembered for their efforts and terrible sacrifices.

Taken in front of Westonia Hotel

Catching up with friends

After the service people stood around talking and catching up with relatives and friends that they hadn't seen for years.

You cannot beat the country folk for their comaradary and friendliness to everyone.

Lowering of the flag

At dusk we all returned to the caravan park, to perform the task of lowering the flag. This was a quiet occasion as we reflected on those who left us not to return.

We eventually returned to the local hotel for more refreshments and more chatting about the old days.

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cgull8m 8 years ago from North Carolina

Thanks for writing this, we hardly know anything about Australian history. The soldiers deserve this day. We have Veterans Day that celebrates war heroes.


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Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia Author

That is so true. We went to this anzac day especially because that was where relatives enlisted. I could not believe that it was the first one that town had ever had. Although it is a very small place. When they signed up it was a booming mining town.

That has made a difference, now it is mainly farmers in that area. Thanks for reading this.


zylla3philippines 8 years ago

There's a certain poignancy to this kind of events. It's touching that these heroes are remembered. They surely deserve a place not only in history but also in the hearts of those who love them.


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Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia Author

zylla3phillippines . That is so true. We tend to forget just what the families have lost and what they went through at this time in their life.


Rachael anderson 8 years ago

TED ANDERSON is my POPPA and i luv him heaps!


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Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia Author

Hello Rachael, Pleased to meet you. He is a great man isnt he? So tell me who is your dad. Mr ted Anderson is my husbands Uncle. So we are related then.

Do you come into hubpages very often. It would be nice to talk to you. you can email me from the top of this page.Under the sign Read more hubs. Thanks for stopping by to read my article.


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donnaleemason 8 years ago from North Dakota, USA

Excellent again. One of the things I miss about home was we always went to the Cenotaph at the museum in AK every Anzac day.

They were powerful words, "We will remember them".

And every year the crowds grew bigger and the parade of vets grew smaller.

Thanks for the memory.


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Eileen Hughes 8 years ago from Northam Western Australia Author

Thank you for that. I am surprised how much our young are following the anzacs, which is great.Thanks for stopping by


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CJStone 8 years ago from Whitstable, UK

Hello Eileen, just taking your advice and popping over here to say hello. When I was thinking about the music for We're Here Because We're Here I considered this tune by Eric Bogle, called The band Played Waltzing Matilda http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WG48Ftsr3OI which might be appropriate here. Thanks for your comments.

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