Around one hundred people turned out before sunrise on Monday for Dimboola’s Anzac Day Dawn Service, with a larger crowd attending the morning service.

Dimboola RSL Sub-branch President Brian Bosworth led the Dawn Service, with Robyn Bosworth reciting some moving letters and Betty-Lou delivering an Anzac Day poem.

Dimboola Memorial Secondary College provided a gunfire egg and bacon breakfast with food and a hot drink welcome in the cool morning air.

Students from Dimboola Memorial Secondary College, Dimboola Primary School, St Peters Lutheran School, and representatives of the CFA and Girl Guides joined other community members to march from the school’s front gates to the Memorial Building before the wreath-laying ceremony.

Following last-minute advice from the Department of Education around indoor events, the main component of the morning service was able to be held in the Assembly Hall.

Pastor Susan Hobbs led the morning service with addresses from Brian Bosworth, DMSC School Captains Tehya Clarke and Harper Harradine, and guest speaker Monsignor Glynn Murphy OAM (pictured below).

Monsignor Murphy’s address touched on many aspects of the Anzac spirit and included anecdotes from his experience as a padre across all three services; Army, Navy, and Air Force.

The DMSC Captains’ addresses spoke about the contribution of indigenous people to our armed services, and Brian further echoed this, saying that we should not dwell on the past but acknowledge it and all move forward together.

Ian Lehmann played the Last Post and Reveille at both services, and the Nhill-Dimboola Band provided the music for the hymns during the morning service.

Following the service, members of the public were invited to share morning tea provided at the RSL clubrooms in Lloyd Street.

Dimboola s Anzac Day Service guest speaker Monsignor Glynn Murphy OAM,