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Members commemorate ANZAC day

On ANZAC day, members of the Staple Hill and District branch of the Royal British Legion paid their respects in a moving ceremony at Leighterton. The group arrived in the early afternoon, ready to show their appreciation for the sacrifices made by those who fought in the war.

ANZAC Day 2023
Standard bearers at ANZAC Day in Leighterton

Despite the heavy rain and hail, the atmosphere was solemn, yet filled with respect and admiration. The people were there to remember those who had gone before them, and show their gratitude. The Royal British Legion members stood in honour of their fallen comrades, while the crowd held a two minute silence in remembrance.

I'm incredibly proud that our members turn out each year to remember those young men that died while training to defend their country and ours. It's important we remember their sacrifice and teach the younger generation of their bravery. Ian Campbell, Branch Chairman

The ceremony concluded with a bugler playing the Last Post, followed national anthems of the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. The local vicar spoke of the importance of ANZAC day, and the sacrifices that were made, before members made their way back to Staple Hill. It was a touching and emotional ceremony, and everyone in attendance felt proud to have been part of such an occasion.

ANZAC Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that honours all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in active service. Originally it was established to remember those members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who served in the Gallipoli during the First World War.


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