Light Horse will descend on Esperance foreshore for Anzac parade

Cavalry: The 10th Light Horse Troop on the Esperance foreshore when the HMAS Farncomb visited town. Photo: Lex Porebski.
Cavalry: The 10th Light Horse Troop on the Esperance foreshore when the HMAS Farncomb visited town. Photo: Lex Porebski.

As part of this year’s Anzac Day celebrations, the 10th Light Horse Esperance Troop will return for the parade through town.

Troop secretary Toni Smythe said this was the second time the light horse troop will march in the Anzac Day parade.

“We had a really good reception last year and we wanted to bring it back,” she said.

“Afterwards people can approach us, have a talk with us or pat the horses.

“We will have handlers there to manage the horses.”

Ms Smythe said there would be five or six horses featured in the event.

“We have been practicing to make sure the horses are fine for the parade,” she said.

“We are representing, or reenacting, the light horse troops so we want to do it justice.

The Anzac Day parades were organised by the Esperance RSL, with president Shane Miller at the forefront.

With only being at the helm for a year this is Mr Miller’s first time organising the celebration.

“I’ve got a good group of people around me as far as vice president, secretary, treasurer, all that,” he said.

Mr Miller said the RSL would be hosting games of two up, which was played by Australian soldiers in the first world war.

“We’ll be having two up this year, which we haven’t had for a few years,” he said.

Mr Miller said it was important to hold Anzac Day celebrations to carry on Australian traditions and values upheld by service men and women.

“When the country only had five million people in it, most of the young farmers, and the young guys went off to fight and they were so brave,” he said.

“The courage and bravery they showed in Gallipoli actually is an Australian tradition that’s lasted right through.

“Every war that Australia’s fought in since then, the soldiers have showed the same bravery.

Mr Miller said he joined the RSL three years ago as a way to give back to the community.

“I just respect all the returned servicemen… as most people do,” he said.

“I just decided to do something about it.

“They called out for some people to give them a hand and I put my hand up.”

He said the RSL were looking for more members and we are focusing on being a more social club.

“We are looking for Afganistan and Iraq members at the moment,” he said.

“We’re an older RSL, most of our members were in Vietnam and Korea.

“So we are searching for younger members”

The dawn service starts at 6am and the main service starts at 11am.