‘A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.’
- Christopher Reeve
This week we will be assisting the Diamond Creek R.S.L at their ANZAC Day Ceremony. It is important for us to be involved in community activities such as this and to work with other community organisations such as the R.S.L. We will be erecting our Rotary tent and helping out wherever we are needed. I have been asked a read a set piece which the RSL has provided me with.
The ceremony will commence at 10.30am with a march starting at the Commonwealth Bank in Chute Street. The veterans will march to the Diamond Creek War Memorial where the ceremony will take place.
I am sure that many members have ancestors or relatives who have been involved in war and conflict throughout Australia’s history and this is a pertinent time to remember them.
When I was studying for my Diploma in Family History, one of the subjects that I undertook was ‘Families at War’ referring to World War One and our assignment was to research the war service of one of our ancestors. I researched the war service of my great uncle George Ralph Reginald Scott, obtaining his war records from the National Archives of Australia and it made me understand the ANZAC experience so much more fully. George was at the Western Front and he performed the role of a driver, taking ammunition to the front. Not a safe job, the men would drive their horses through nightmare barrages, pushing on without hesitation. This was done through muddy and broken ground, usually at night, making the task even riskier. The role of the driver was a crucial and dangerous one. George survived the war and lived to the age of 73 when I was a very young child, but memories of him will be in my mind this ANZAC Day.
Lest we forget.