YORK VOLUNTEER GROUPS
STRENGTHEN ANZAC MARCH

Despite the dwindling ranks of older service men and women, the parade and ANZAC service in York were well supported.

The number marching in this year's street parade was bolstered by representatives of voluntary services including Scouts, St John Ambulance, FESA, York Fire Service, and High School Emergency Service Cadets.

The Kalamunda Pipe Band joined the march as they have for many years, while members of the York Pony Club followed the parade on horseback, for the first time .

Master of Ceremonies, Errol Smith, opened the service at the York war memorial saying that the commemoration was not to glorify war but to remember those who lost their lives serving their country. He also paid a tribute to members of the defence forces currently serving overseas.

More than a dozen wreaths were laid at the base of the memorial by representatives of the returned services and local volunteer groups.

Deputy shire president, Cr Roy Scott,  was guest speaker and recalled  how he felt as a child when his father marched with his medals.. He also touched on the impact of modern communications and how they had changed what people know about the things happening in war zones.

Today we know day by day what is going on. Families of those leaving Albany to fight in WWI had little information about the war or what had become of those who did not return, he said.

York District High School head boy, Brody Bauer, spoke of the importance of ANZAC Day to acknowledge the courage of Australian service men and women and their willingness to help each other in times of crisis.

Head girl, Emily Sherry, said ANZAC Day was a time to remember the heroism of all those who serve in the military. Their 'never give up' attitude gives us the gift of a comfortable life. "I'm 14 years old and many not much older than me, put up their age to go to war," she said.

Lindsay McNeill

TOP: The ANZAC Day  march in York heads for the war memorial in South Street.
MIDDLE:  York RSL president, Dave Jones, about to lay a wreath during this year's ANZAC memorial service.
BELOW: Pipe major, Hamish Brown, from the Kalamunda Pipe Band plays during the ANZAC memorial service at York.