ANZAC Day the long way
That one day of the year is commemorated everywhere.
At memorials in communities large and small, people gather for dawn and 11am services honouring the wartime sacrifice of Australians and New Zealanders at war; ANZAC Day.
In my own community, the coastal city of Geraldton, WA, the Dawn Service had an attendance of thousands. I was there, but absent were several members of the Ulysses Club Geraldton Branch.
They had chosen instead to attend the Dawn Service in the small town and shire of Mingenew, 120 kms to the south. To be there on time at 6am, the group met at the usual departure point of the Puma servo at 4am. Ever noticed how it seems to get colder around that time?
Arriving with numb fingers 45 minutes later, they were heartened to find the Mingenew Bakery café open with fresh hot coffee available!
After the service, the Ulysseans joined local participants for a cooked Gunfire Breakfast (without the traditional tot of rum), before setting off on the ride home. About halfway there, the ride was briefly interrupted by what was described as “a bloody big `roo, must have been a six footer”. It stood in the road and ignored the horn blasting of Cyril McK for a while, before taking off.
240kms to attend a smaller version of what they could have seen perhaps 10 kms from their front doors. Was it worth it? What a silly question.
Gary Warner #65262
It even looks cold in the main street of Mingenew. Picture: Clayton Cream.
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