Glenorchy reflects on Anzac Day bravery

THOUSANDS of community members attended Anzac Day services across Glenorchy to pay tribute to the fallen soldiers, ex-servicemen and women who fought for the freedom of their country, and those who are now serving.

Memorial events took place at the Glenorchy City Council Memorial Gardens and Windermere Community Foreshore Park, where residents enjoyed unusually warm weather for dawn services, day ceremonies and marches.

2016 marks the 101st anniversary of the landing of the Australian and New Zealand Division at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli.

“It was a great honour to attend services throughout the day on behalf of Council and the Glenorchy community,” Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston said.

“With this year’s milestone there has been a much greater awareness of Anzac Day throughout the community and this has resulted in services being really well attended and supported.

“It is an important occasion that allows individuals to reflect on those involved in years gone by and what it means to us.”

The guest speaker at this year’s 11am service in Glenorchy was Major Neville Lovell.

Major Lovell is a long-term resident of the Glenorchy, moving from Huonville to the northern suburbs with his wife in 1960, where they raised four children.

Major Lovell worked for the Hydro for 22 years and proudly served as a Glenorchy City Council alderman for nearly 20 years from 1962.

He commenced his military career in 1970 with the Army Reserves 6th Supply Platoon, and retired in 1986 with the Headquarters 6th Military District at Anglesea Barracks, Hobart.

Another highlight of the service was having the last surviving member of the HMAS Sydney, Fred House, in attendance to lay a wreath, who received a hero’s welcome from the crowd.

The service was conducted by the Glenorchy Ministers’ Fellowship, in association with the Glenorchy City Council and the Glenorchy Sub-Branch of the Returned and Services League of Australia (RSL).

Caption: Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston with Major Neville Lovell, the guest speaker at this year’s Glenorchy Anzac Day service.

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