ANZAC Tradition remains strong


A cool crisp morning greeted the Kenthurst Community who turned out in force to commemorate ANZAC Day at John Benyon Rotary Park.  It was very moving to see an estimated crowd of 2,000 plus in attendance.  From senior citizens to babies in prams, they were all there to remember and pay respect to those that served, and those that continue to serve to protect our country and participate in peace keeping missions around the globe.


Following muster at Ampol Kenthurst, participants marched down Nelson Street led by the Governor Macquarie Memorial Pipe Band.  Groups representing WWI, WWII, Korea, Malaya, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, current military and UN Peace Keeping Force marched with pride.


Local groups included RFS, Galston Girl Guides, Dural Scouts and Dural Pony Club, accompanied by “Poppy” the horse and her owner Clarice.


It was wonderful to see so many people, especially school students proudly wearing medals to represent family members.


As is tradition, the RAAF Richmond Catafalque Party, led by Squadron Leader Clinton Baldock was mounted around the stone Memorial.  A service then followed, with an extensive program including singers James McGaw & Jane Finlay, a poem by Jordan Simpson & Charlyze Donoso from St Madeleine’s, speeches by Federal Member for Berowra, Julian Leeser MP, Wing Commander Brent Vujcich from RAAF Richmond, Vietnam Veteran Terry Tolhurst.


Requiem was read by Nicholas Forbes from Marian College; Prayers were led by RAAF Chaplain Flight Lieutenant Matthew Teggart.  The Ode was recited by Bree Collins from Galston High, Last Post & Rouse performed by Steven Vardouniotis from Hills Grammar. The flag was raised by Jack Romeo & Amiya Raileqe from Kenthurst Primary, and the National Anthem performed by Hayley Mathie from Galston High.


Representatives from Federal, State and Local Council were also present in the crowd.  Laying of wreaths by officials, schools, community groups and family representatives was included in the service.


At the conclusion of the official event, morning tea and refreshments were provided and served by family and friends of the Rotary Club.  Donations totalling $500, made on the day are being donated to Legacy.


The Rotary Club of Kenthurst would like to thank all our special guests, speakers and most importantly the community of this wonderful village for helping to keep the tradition of ANZAC Day alive and thriving.


Don't miss our ANZAC Day service on Thursday.
All donations made on the day are being donated to Legacy!
Legacy is an iconic Australian charity that was established in 1923 and founded on a promise made from one digger to another to
“look after the missus and the kids.”





ANZAC Day 2023 - Ceremony Pictures, 

Thank you to the approximately 2000 people who attended the Ceremony in Kenthurst, here are some photos of the event