THE ANZAC Day services honour the memories of those who have served and are serving in the military, but to Kathryn Bechaz and her family, none evoke more emotion than the dawn service.
As the sky begins to hint at the dawn of a new day, she plans on gathering at the Cenotaph in Leeton with her family as people across the country will and pay their respects to the men and women in uniform and to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the country.
Watching the dawn ceremonies in Melbourne and Sydney on TV, Mrs Bechaz was honoured to come to Leeton and be able to attend the dawn service in person.
“It’s an emotional and powerful moment for me,” Mrs Bechaz said.
“It’s a moment that sends tingles down my spine.”
She and her family attend year after year and their tradition continues.
Mrs Bechaz is glad to see attendance grow at the services in Leeton and feels it is important for people to show their support.
“I think Australia and New Zealand are built on the ANZAC tradition,” she said
“I’m quite a traditionalist and it’s a family thing too.”
Both of her grandfathers served in WW2, but for her it isn’t just about family.
It’s about honouring all who have served in defense of the country and to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
“It’s not about yourself, it’s about something bigger than yourself,” she said.
“I like to remember the sacrifices that were made and what the soldiers are doing today.”