Anzac Day at Golden Beach

Leading aircraftwoman (LACW) Laura Devine from East Sale.

Stefan Bradley

Stefan Bradley

Golden Beach’s Community Centre held a commemorative service for Anzac Day at 10am, featuring representatives from the RAAF, Golden Beach Fire Brigade and Wellington Shire Council.

Multiple speakers addressed the 50-100 attendees who had gathered to pay their respects.

Wreaths were laid, the Australian flag were raised and the minute of silence was observed.

After the service, attendees were welcomed inside the Community Centre for finger food, light refreshments and time to reflect. RAAF flypasts could be seen at approximately 10.55am.

Leading aircraftwoman (LACW) Laura Devine from East Sale was one of the speakers to mark the day of remembrance.

“I’ve been a military kid my whole life, my dad’s in the army, so Anzac Day and the Dawn Service has always been part of our traditions,” LACW Devine said.

“This is the third Dawn Service I’ve been a part of, the first one down here (in Gippsland), my first was up in Darwin.”

Asked what Anzac Day meant to her, LACW Devine said it was a time of remembrance for both the past and the present.

“Not only is my dad in the military, but we have other family members who have fought in the wars, so it’s about remembering them and the sacrifices they made for our family and other families,” she said.

“The people that I know now that have been to Afghanistan and all the other wars, and their families that they’ve left behind. Everyone has a part to play or made a sacrifice.”

LACW Devine highlighted these points in her address.

Lest we forget.

Gathering at Golden Beach at the start of the service. Photos: Stefan Bradley
Photo: Stefan Bradley
Wreaths laid at Golden Beach. Photo: Stefan Bradley
Gatherers at Golden Beach. Photo: Stefan Bradley
RAAF flypasts at Golden Beach.
Laying of the wreath by CFA.
Laying the wreath. Photo: Stefan Bradley