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SOUTH GIPPSLAND WEATHER
Wonthaggi six day forecast
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Tuesday April 25
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Thursday April 27
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Saturday April 29
Sunday April 30
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STUDENTS from Inverloch Primary School
placed around 80 white crosses on graves at
Inverloch Cemetery on Friday, April 21.
The rain did not deter the Grade 6 students
who were keen to learn about Australia’s history.
Jan Millington from Inverloch RSL said
members spent many hours locating the graves
of veterans and ex-service members who have
either the Royal Australian Air Force army or
navy emblem on their headstones.
“We’ve also had contact from Legacy widows
and other people whose headstones don’t have
that recognition, but have asked if we can still
represent their loved ones with a cross, so
we’re doing that as well.”
The day was also about engaging the younger
generations with memorial services and Anzac Day.
John Langford, from Inverloch RSL and the
local Men’s Shed, said there was a long peri-
od where schools weren’t involved, but that’s
changed in the past 10 years.
“If we can’t involve them at this age, then this
whole thing will die out,” he said.
Ms Millington added kids often don’t realise
there are veterans in their town, and that it’s
important to pay their respects.
“We see on Anzac Day (on TV) the graves over-
seas of the soldiers and members who were
killed over there. But I thought we should per-
haps recognise it in our own little villages as
well that there are people in the cemetery that
we would love to show our respects to.
“They’re not all veterans, some of them were
in the services, it wasn’t always their choice or
they may have wanted to go overseas, but it
wasn’t their decision to go there.
“But they still had their roles to play here
within Australia and they came back and con-
tinued on with their families and so on.
“I think for the kids to see that and acknowl-
edge that brings a bit more of a personal touch.”
The initiative was made possible by the In-
verloch Cemetery Trust, Inverloch Men’s Shed,
Inverloch Primary School, Inverloch RSL and
Bunnings in Wonthaggi.
HUNDRED years on from World War I and
with most of our WWII veterans now in their
90s, Anzac Day carries special significance at
And that significance was not lost on our local
schools, many of which held Anzac Day obser-
vances on Monday, while also laying wreaths at
the dawn services this morning.
It’s also a time when WWII veterans are hand-
ing over the running of these important memo-
rial services to service men and women from
later conflicts, including the Vietnam War and
more recent engagements.
Such was the case at the Korumburra Prima-
ry School and St Joseph’s Primary on Monday
this week when Perry Neil, a Vietnam Veteran
from Korumburra, led the memorial service.
Afterwards, school captain at Korumburra
Primary, Curtis Gardner, took the opportunity
to ask Mr Neil about his war service medals.
According to Mr Neil, while the Battle of
Long Tan is the best known of all incidents in
the Vietnam War, the battles around the fire
support bases (FSBs) of Coral and Balmoral,
40km north- east of Saigon between May 12
and June 6, 1968 were among the most pro-
tracted and bloody engagements of the war
It was here that Mr Neil was hit by shrapnel from
a rocket and airlifted out with extensive injuries.
“It happened early in the conflict there, so
in one sense I was lucky I got out,” Perry told
Anzac Day has its historic perspective being
an opportunity to reflect on the great sacrifice
and loss in the First World War but it’s also
about remembering and honouring the con-
tributions made by all of our service men and
women, past and present.
And our local primary schools are honour-
ing that tradition with great reverence, respect
School support strong for Anzac Day
Inverloch Primary School students placing white crosses on graves at Inverloch Cemetery. From left, Jan Millington from Inverloch RSL, students
Ashton Hewitson and Jack Duff, Maria McDonald from Bunnings in Wonthaggi, and Inverloch RSL president Trevor Scott. mm251717
Paying our respects
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KORUMBURRA AND WONTHAGGI
Anzac Day came early to the Korumburra Primary School this week when the school held its annual memorial service on Monday morning
ahead of the big day today. Among those who took part in the ceremony, led by Vietnam Veteran Perry Neil, were from the left, back, Na-
than Pirouet (principal), Dan Wells (Ast Principal), Phil Richards (bugler), Hugh Hendry (Korumburra RSL), Perry Neil (Korumburra RSL),
Michelle Villinger (school council president), Bill Rodda (Korumburra CFA), and 2nd Korumburra Scouts Debbie O’Keefe, Heide Marshall
and Jarrod Dubignon, front, Gracie Barlow (vice captain), Sophie Enbom (captain), Curtis Gardner (captain), Cooper Smith (JSC exec),
Amber Patten-Sullivan (JSC exec), Bronte White (flag bearer) and Harrison Clark (vice captain). m111717
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