IT was a solemn reminder of the magnitude of Australia’s first experience at war.
Residents from Muswellbrook and surrounding areas gathered at Muswellbrook cenotaph on Monday to commemorate the centenary of Britain’s declaration of war.
Students from approximately 10 schools, members of the public and local dignitaries were among those present.
Muswellbrook Shire mayor Martin Rush paid tribute to soldiers of the war by reading the Honour Roll.
Muswellbrook High School student Cody Risby is one of five from the Upper Hunter to be attending the Gallipoli centenary next year and was involved in Monday’s service and addressed those in attendance.
Muswellbrook RSL Sub-Branch president Greg Cole was pleased with the smooth running of the service.
“I thought it went fantastic, flowed along very well,” Mr Cole said.
“It is a big thing to have the children here.
“You’ve got to let people know what happened in years gone by.”
Mr Cole would like to thank the community and those who helped make the event a success.
REMEMBRANCE: Lieutenant Colonel James Cameron, commanding officer of the Hunter River Lances 12/16, laid at wreath at the service on Monday.
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