THE Windermere Community Foreshore Park echoed with the haunting sounds of the Last Post when the Greater Claremont Community Precinct hosted its annual Claremont Anzac Flag Parade on Friday 8 April.
Around 300 students from Austins Ferry Primary, Holy Rosary Primary and St Virgil’s College were joined by politicians, RSL members and spectators to “march over the hill” to the Claremont War Memorial in tribute to the Australian soldiers who trooped from trenches during World War One.
The site is one from which more than 2,000 troops were trained, as well as the founding place of the 40th Battalion, which went on to fight on the Western Front in Europe.
The Anzac march was led by members of the Tasmanian Police Pipe Band, who were closely followed by Claremont College VET Australian Defence Force (ADF) students.
Event convenor Martin Watkins said the service was bigger and better than previous years with more children, politicians and spectators participating in the parade.
“It was quite spectacular watching the students and participants come up over the hill,” he said.
“One can let one’s imagination run a bit wild and envisage some of the 40th Battalion marching with their flags up the hill and onto the training ground in full uniform, alongside their horses, wagons and canons.”
Glenorchy Mayor Kristie Johnston presided over the event with Andrew Dixon from the RSL leading the service and the Salvation Army Moonah leading prayers.
“The service was aimed directly at the children and I’m sure they will remember the march for a long time to come,” Mr Watkins said.
Together with a number of fellow dignitaries, Speaker of the House of Assembly Elise Archer laid a wreath in remembrance of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
“Having helped to secure the funding required to build the war memorial at the Windermere foreshore, it was incredibly moving to see so many people gathered at the historic site,” Ms Archer said.
“I am sure that the service men and women that were remembered would have been proud to see so many students honouring them in the respectful way they did.”
Caption: Claremont College VET Australian Defence Force students standing proud at the Claremont War Memorial site.