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Wednesday, 1 May, 2024

ANZAC Day at Club Stockton

This year’s ANZAC Day at Club Stockton was a profound and memorable occasion, deeply resonating with all who attended. From the early hours, the community gathered in significant numbers, reflecting a collective spirit of reverence and remembrance. The day commenced with the Dawn Service, a poignant moment reserved for returned servicemen and women, marked by the quiet before dawn, and the solemn echo of “The Last Post” filling the air.

As the sun rose, the club opened its doors to the broader community, offering a hearty breakfast where veterans and civilians alike shared stories over traditional dishes such as scrambled eggs, bacon, and hash browns. This meal served not only as nourishment but also as a bridge between generations, connecting those with direct military experiences with those there to honor and learn from them.

Throughout the day, Club Stockton buzzed with activity. The two-up game, a nostalgic nod to ANZAC Day traditions, was a highlight, engaging people of all ages in the friendly, spirited competition that recalls the camaraderie of soldiers past. Meanwhile, the raffle drew crowds, eager for a bit of fun.

In the afternoon, the atmosphere shifted as live music filled the venue, turning reflective moments into a celebration of life and freedom—the very ideals that the ANZACs fought to preserve. The Ristorante remained busy, serving a full menu until the late afternoon, catering to families, friends, and visitors who came to pay their respects and partake in the day’s events.

As Club Stockton closed its doors at 9 PM, those present felt a profound sense of community and patriotism. The day was not only a tribute to the ANZACs but also a reminder of the strength found in unity and the importance of remembering our history to foster a better future. It was a day that beautifully captured the essence of ANZAC Day, leaving a lasting impression with all who participated.

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