Cherbourg's young Rangers march with pride
CHERBOURG Police Rangers marched with pride at their town's Anzac Day service on April 25.
Dressed in their green and white uniforms, the Rangers gathered at the town's Anzac Memorial Park to put their marching skills to the test ahead of the parade.
Company commander, Acting Senior Constable Aaron Hartwell, led them on one last rehearsal to put their nerves at ease.
Remaining in ranks, the Rangers marched to each totem pole where they stopped and paid their respects to Cherbourg's World War I veterans, nicknamed the Boys from Barambah after the town's former name.
The Cherbourg Ration Shed Museum opened its doors and welcomed the Police Rangers inside for breakfast before the beginning of the parade.
The children visited the new exhibit, learning about the Anzac sacrifice and Anzac spirit.
Followed by former and current Australian servicemen and women and the Cherbourg Police Rangers, Acting Senior Constable Hartwell stood ready to lead Cherbourg's Anzac Day March.
Before marching into Memorial Park, each Ranger collected and carried photo tributes of their ancestors and followed Vietnam War veteran and Cherbourg elder Eric Law in a traditional Aboriginal smoking ceremony.
The Rangers stood tall as Cherbourg Mayor Arnold Murray delivered a Welcome to Country speech, followed by a traditional welcome song played on the didgeridoo.
More Cherbourg children got involved and took turns reading aloud the names of the Boys from Barambah.
Smiles of pride could be seen on the faces of the Rangers as they heard the names of their ancestors.
Cherbourg Police Station provided three wreaths for the Rangers to lay at the base of the memorial, followed by the playing of the Last Post.