Stanley Flat Centennial of Anzac Commemoration
Our Northern Region Community Development team were on the road at the crack of dawn last Sunday morning travelling from Whyalla to Clare to join in with other invited guests to celebrate the unveiling of a Memorial stone and plaque at the Stanley Flat Soldiers Memorial Hall.
The day started at 10am under perfect conditions for the ANZAC Day Grand Parade through the tree-lined avenue of honour to the Hall.
Lieutenant Governor of South Australia, Professor Brenda Wilson, took the Salute and unveiled the Centennial of ANZAC Memorial plaque and laid a wreath. President of the Stanley Flat Memorial Hall, Roy Crabb soon followed then members from the Clare Army Cadets, Marine Cadets and both Clare and Adelaide Scouts paid their respects by also laying wreaths. The Last Post and Rouse, played by Jane Kuss, and the City of Elizabeth Pipe Band playing the National Anthem resonated beautifully during the ceremony.
Following these formalities, invited guests were seated under a magnificently presented marquee, where further speeches were delivered by dignitaries. Deputy Mayor of Clare and Gilbert Valley Nedd Golding engaged guests with a strong message that we must have succession so our history is not lost to future generations.
After enjoying a superb country style lunch, while looking out onto beautiful green hills and farmland, guests were treated to a WW1 variety concert in the Memorial Hall by children from the Vineyard Lutheran School ably supported by the City of Elizabeth Pipe Band.
The day represented to me the strength of community. A small group of passionate residents from the Stanley Flat district formed a committee some two years ago and worked tirelessly to ensure the memorial and celebrations came to fruition. On the day they received strong support from the Clare District Lions Club and Master of Ceremonies Mr Ron Wurst.
John and I enjoyed the day immensely, sharing stories and time with committee members and key business and community stakeholders. Beyond Bank Australia was honoured to be a major sponsor for such a historical community event.