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Joining up for Anzac tribute

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April 25, 2018

Brian and Evelyn Ballinger, Bill Robinson and Berry Street School student Seth Watson at the Anzac service yesterday.

Guest speaker Dr Eileen Pinkerton and Shepparton RSL welfare officer Graeme Bayley at the service.

Guest speaker, Dr Eileen Pinkerton and Shepparton RSL welfare officer, Graeme Bayley

Residential aged care service Acacia House’s Anzac Day service was conducted yesterday by Shepparton RSL welfare officer Graeme Bayley, who spoke of his family’s war involvement.

‘‘It’s the 100th anniversary of World War I, 75th anniversary of the battle of the Atlantic, World War II, and 50th anniversary of Long Tan in Vietnam,’’ Mr Bayley said.

Berry Street School students Jamilah Pynor, Katrina Cross and Tara Wooley laid wreaths alongside Acacia House residents Brian and Evelyn Ballinger and Bill Robinson, accompanied by family members and Berry Street School student Seth Watson.

‘‘The connection we have built (with Acacia House residents) over the last 18 months has been really valuable to us. The students have connected with particular residents individually, so we have Seth with Bill, which has been an amazing connection,’’ Berry Street School teacher Sarah Halliwell said.

‘‘A lot of our kids don’t go to school on Wednesday so we miss these services. The opportunity to come to a service like this with the residents that we see each week was an honour for our students to be involved.’’

Dr Eileen Pinkerton was the guest speaker and offered a reading of the war poem A Working Party.

Ms Halliwell read the poem In Flanders Fields, followed by The Ode of Remembrance and The Last Post, recited by Mr Bayley.

The service concluded with the Australian national anthem and a morning tea.

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