• Communities gather in remembrance of our ANZACs

    Residents and tourists gathered across the Shire of Ashburton to commemorate and remember the ANZACs who fought and gave their lives for our freedom.

    A number of dawn services were held throughout the Shire, proudly supported by Rio Tinto and the Chevron-operated Wheatstone Project.

    Wreaths were laid by dignitaries, ex-service personnel, military and community members in memory of all Australians and New Zealanders who have served in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

    Past and present members of the armed forces and their descendants proudly participated in the ANZAC Day marches, which was followed by a traditional Gunfire breakfast in each town.

    Shire President Kerry White said it was touching to see the ANZAC spirit and sense of national pride is as strong as ever within the Pilbara.

    “Attendance at the ANZAC Day services was overwhelming. It is fantastic to see our community come together to commemorate and pay respects to both those who have passed and are still active service members,” says Cr White.

    General Manager Tom Price operations Greg Bacon said Rio Tinto was proud to play a role in commemorating the brave work of fallen and serving soldiers.

    “Rio Tinto recognises the courageous spirit demonstrated and passed on by the ANZACs. We are honoured to join together with Pilbara families for these services to reflect on the mateship and selfless sacrifice of service men and women,” Mr Bacon said. “We would also like to acknowledge all volunteers, family members and organisations who take part in these events and those who march and lay wreaths in honour of their fallen loved ones.”

    Wheatstone HES Specialist and new Onslow resident Rob Cowan participated in the wreath-laying ceremony at Onslow’s iconic ANZAC memorial.

    “It was my first ANZAC dawn service in Onslow and I was moved by the strong turn-out,” Mr Cowan said.

    “It was great to have a group from the Wheatstone Project site join the community service and bring with them plenty of ANZAC biscuits for the community to enjoy.”

    The tradition continued throughout the day with lively games of two-up, along with an interesting collection of military memorabilia which helped raise valuable funds for Legacy and ensure the stories of our ANZACs are passed on to new generations.

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