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ANZAC Day service at Ballan
The Ballan Community re-established a lost tradition on ANZAC Day this year, when the Ballan community came together to stand in solidarity and remember and honour our soldiers and defence personnel at a dawn service.
Following the service, the Ballan Fire Brigade welcomed over 200 community members to the warmth and comradery at the fire station to enjoy a hearty ‘gunfire’ breakfast for the early risers.
Brigade members arrived well before 5am to prepare the area, the station and even the gutters to release water from recent downpours (and blocked by the falling leaves of the deciduous trees).
Ballan have not held a dawn service for a number of years so the Brigade were eager to put in a lot effort to ensure the community were happy with the service and made welcomed afterwards at breakfast.
Captain of the Ballan Fire Brigade Kaine Myers, was very pleased with the attendance of community members.
“ANZAC Day is all about remembering our soldiers, and we were very pleased to attend and provide breakfast, in a small way supporting our community in honouring our Defence personnel.
“I want to thank our members for their hard work and cooking a great meal. Everyone really enjoyed our take on a ‘gunfire’ breakfast.
“Everyone who had something to eat gave a gold coin donation. We will be donating that money to our local RSL.”
“The morning went very well, we hope to continue this onto next year and host even more of our great community members,” he said.