On Anzac Day 2016, Sean and Katherine organized a re-enactment of this historic event at Cobb and Co Nine Mile Camping Grounds in order to honor the service men and women who fought for this country so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have in Australia today. The re-enactment created an insightful and emotional event that was well-received and appreciated by all.
When Katherine’s brother Nick joined the staff at Cobb and Co, they discussed the idea of doing something creative for Anzac Day. Nick is an experienced horseman so he had some suggestions that would bring the events of World War 1 to life.
Once the idea started to take shape, it wasn’t that difficult to get family, friends and regular campers on board with the re-enactment. Everyone could see that this could be a great opportunity to remember the Anzacs and to pay our respects to service men and women.
We planned the event over a couple of months with each segment being choreographed so that everyone involved knew exactly what their role would be in the re-enactment.
We sourced many of the costumes from local disposal stores and the light horseman uniforms, which were original World War 1 uniforms, were given to us by a local friend. Sean, himself, made the imitation guns and cannons with other props. The realness of the uniforms, imitation guns and other props helped bring to the life the reality and sacrifice of war.
We decided not to promote the re-enactment outside the camp. Instead, we simply informed the campers that the event was on when they checked in over the long weekend. People had the choice to attend the re-enactment and to participate in the Anzac service that followed. Also we asked the campers to notify us of any family members for the roll call so that they could lay wreaths and flowers in remembrance of their sacrifice.
The re-enactment and service was very informative and many campers voiced the comment that it showed the reality and sacrifice of war without being too gruesome. We certainly didn’t want to glamorize war but we did want to show to people the great sacrifice that our service men and women paid when they fought for our country.
Being a family-friendly-camping ground, we wanted as many people involved as possible in the event and we want to thank those people, especially our family, friends and campers who put time aside to make Anzac Day 2016 a great day to remember our service men and women.
Thank you again from Sean and Katherine O’Hanlon!
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