‘Lucky generations’ honour fallen at Kumbia

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More than 250 people gathered in Kumbia on Anzac Day to honour the fallen.

The Caledonian Band led former service personnel, school students and community groups in a march down Bell Street to the Kumbia Memorial Hall, where the ceremony was chaired by Kumbia State School principal Michael Sutton.

Guest speaker and former Kumbia resident Tony Turton, whose father and uncle served in the First World War, welcomed the “lucky generations” who had never had to fight in a world-wide conflict.

“Australian and New Zealand troops have fought in many wars,” Mr Turton said.

“They have now endured the longest war of all, 10 years in Afghanistan against a shadowy enemy engaging in hit-and-run guerrilla warfare, the most difficult to combat. They were not lucky at all.

“Let us, all the lucky ones who now enjoy our freedom, conduct ourselves to be worthy of the sacrifices of all those thousands of unlucky ones who died and suffered to make our peaceful years possible.”

Participants enjoyed morning tea in the hall after the service.

Earlier, about 50 people attended the Dawn Service which featured a projection of falling poppies onto the exterior of the hall.