Tumby Bay commemorates Anzac Day with dawn service | GALLERY

SALUTE: Pte Danielle Morton gives a salute after placing a wreath at the Cenotaph during the Anzac Day dawn service in Tumby Bay. Photo: Amy Williams
SALUTE: Pte Danielle Morton gives a salute after placing a wreath at the Cenotaph during the Anzac Day dawn service in Tumby Bay. Photo: Amy Williams

The Tumby Bay RSL was excited to welcome home Pte Danielle Morton, of the 1st Close Health Battalion, as she headed to her home town of Tumby Bay to spend Anzac Day with her family and ex-army mates, as part of a new Army initiative.

Pte Morton is the daughter of Mike and Bev Bradford of Tumby Bay.

This Anzac Day, around 120 army soldiers returned to regional home towns around Australia, to represent "Army in Uniform" for Anzac Day Dawn services.

Pte Morton said her family and friends were happy she had come home for Anzac Day this year.

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"It gives them a tangible link to my current service and the past service of others," she said.

"Anzac Day is a good day to reflect on past soldiers and our armed forces on the sacrifices they made for the freedoms that we can have today."

Tumby Bay residents were able to commemorate this year's event with a dawn service at the Cenotaph on the foreshore, showing respect and recognition of the anniversary of the day when Australian and New Zealand soldiers landed on the beach of Gallipoli in Turkey on April 25, 1915.

The dawn service brought about 250 people to the foreshore, and the Southern Eyre Light Horse Commemorative Troop added a special touch this year as they paid tributes to animals of war, with a wreath laying on the beach.

A gunfire breakfast was enjoyed by all at the RSL clubrooms with about 140 attending.

Article courtesy of Bev Bradford

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