ANZAC Day Evans Head 2013

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Wreaths and Flowers Evans Head Dawn Service 2013

The Dawn Service for ANZAC Day at Evans Head was well attended by the local community including local schools and emergency services with the support of serving personnel from the RAAF led by Flt/Lt Jason van Rysbergen.

Two World War II Veterans Frank Johns and Joy Sivertsen who served at Evans Head during the War were present for the occasion.

World War II WAAAF Joy Sivertsen and RAAF Frank Johns

World War II WAAAF Joy Sivertsen and RAAF Frank Johns.  Joy was “housekeeper” for the South African Embassy in Canberra for many years where she exercised her superb skills as cook for many guests including HRH Prince Phillip and Prime Minister Bob Menzies.  Frank Johns who served with 32 Squadron during the War in Darwin is also a well known entertainer and actor.  His contribution to entertainment was recognised at the Tamworth Country Music Festival this year

Missing was WWII WAAAF  Mrs Jean Haughton James, author Wings at War:  The RAAF at Evans Head 1939-1945, Patron of the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome Committee and Museum,  and Member of the local RSL Sub-branch.  Jean, a regular attendee at Dawn Services at Evans Head for many years died last September.   Jean was represented by her daughter Christine Taylor of Brisbane.

Christine Taylor of Brisbane attended ANZAC Day events at Evans Head

Christine Taylor of Brisbane attended ANZAC Day events at Evans Head

A Memorial Service attended by members of the local community, the RAAF and World War II Veterans who served at Evans Head was held at the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome.

Serving RAAF personnel, World War II Veterans and community members at the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome.  The one remaining Bellman Hangar which is being refurbished is shown in the background

Serving RAAF personnel, World War II Veterans and community members at the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome. The one remaining Bellman Hangar which is being refurbished is shown in the background

Wreaths at the Evans Head Memorial Garden at the Aerodrome

Wreaths at the Evans Head Memorial Garden at the Aerodrome

There was also a brief Memorial Service at the Evans Head War Cemetery in memory of those World War II personnel buried there.

Members of the local Sub-branch of the RSL march to the Evans Head War Cemetery

Members of the local Sub-branch of the RSL march to the Evans Head War Cemetery

Some of those who participated in the Memorial Service at the Evans Head War Cemetery

Some of those who participated in the Memorial Service at the Evans Head War Cemetery

Wreaths laid at the Evans Head War Cemetery.  Headstones of those who died during WWII are in the background

Wreaths laid at the Evans Head War Cemetery. Headstones of those who died during WWII are in the background

Lest We Forget

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