On Sunday 17th April 2011 the Boolarra community came together to commemorate ANZAC Day. Under a beautiful clear blue sunny sky Boolarra remembered the contribution and sacrifice of its own men and women. Morwell Returned & Services League (RSL) members supported the organisation of the service and also attended on the day.
Local identity Tom Lawless, who served in the Royal Australian Air Force in World War II, gave the address. He spoke about Boolarra’s history throughout both world wars. He then read the ANZAC requiem.
Roz Carstairs read the names of Boolarra’s 29 fallen from World War I and II as well as those lost in the Korean War.
For the first time Boolarra saw the New Zealand flag flying and their anthem played as part of the service. This is to recognise our two countries’ shared history dating back to that day in 1915 when Australian and New Zealand troops landed at Gallipoli.
Official guests also included Brian Jeffrey, President of the Morwell RSL, Cr. Ed Vermeulen, Gunyah Ward Councillor and Morwell MLA Russell Northe.
Following the service a delicious morning tea was served in the Memorial Hall with many people chatting with guests who had attended the service and catching up with friends. Many thanks go to the local residents who generously supplied the morning tea.
After a gap of 16 years it was wonderful to see an ANZAC Service again being held at Boolarra and we look forward this once again become an integral part of community life.