Bellingen pays respect to heroes
THEY may have gathered to remember the fallen and reflect on the past but the future was very much in the minds of all those who participated in Bellingen’s Anzac Day march.
A crowd estimated at more than 3000 and described as the biggest in years lined Hyde Street for the mid-morning ceremony.
In his Anzac Day address, the principal of the Bellingen High School, Robert Stockton, drew on his own unique war-time connections.
“Both my grandfathers fought in France,” Mr Stockton said.
“One fought for England and was awarded the Military Cross while the other fought for Germany and won the Iron Cross.
“I can only wonder what would have been had these two fine men met before they went to war.”
Mr Stockton described Anzac Day as a sacred day.
“It is a day about respect, and it is great to see so many young people showing their respect here today. The challenge for us all is to sustain that sense of respect and sacrifice which I must lament is no longer automatic in our society,” he said.
The youth theme was continued at Urunga where students from the local primary school supported the veterans by marching and reading the prologue.