Anzac Day 2015
It was a true honour to represent my community on Anzac Day.
This is one of the greatest days on our national calendar. It was pleasing to see so many young people savouring the ANZAC spirit.
Our community has links with services at Brighton, the new beach side venue at Hallett Cove, Marion and Morphett Vale.While I couldn't be at all of services did spread myself across as many events as possible. Including the Youth Vigil which was moved from Hallett Cove to Marion because of the weather. The Brighton dawn service and breakfast, I had a representative at the Marion service and I caught up with the Morphett Vale RSL president Frank Owen at a service at Reynella South Primary school.
It did speak in Parliament before Anzac Day and on behalf of our community where I stated a public thank you to all those who served and are serving in our country's military. Please follow this link to read my speech: http://www.coreywingard.com.au/centenary_of_anzac
really enjoyed talking to so many people and hearing so many wonderful stories.
My Grandpa was a tail gunner in the WWII and he didn't tell a lot of stories about his experiences. He kept all the horrific memories to himself and he took many of them to his grave but thankfully as a family we do have a few funny memories to share. There was one tale of how he won a raffle while serving overseas and had a choice of two prizes. A bottle of scotch or dinner with Doris Day. Doris hadn't "made it big" back then and Grandpa didn't know who she was so he chose the scotch to share with his mates!!
I think it is so important to listen to and share in as many stories as possible so that they are not lost with the passing years. By young people embracing these stories I believe it just helps eternalise the ANZAC spirit for future generations.
^Cenotaph at Marion RSL ANZAC Service