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2023 Memorial service not dampened despite weather

On Saturday 15 April, the SA Volunteer Fire Fighters’ Museum once again hosted the moving annual Memorial Service to remember fallen members of the CFS family.

The service saw current and past CFS volunteers from far and wide converge on Naracoorte with members travelling from Burnside CFS, Mount Lofty Group, Mount Gambier and districts, and Cummins on the west coast of South Australia.

We were also greatly honoured by the presence of Tony Pasin MP, Nick McBride MP, Joe Szakacs MP, and local Naracoorte Lucindale Mayor, Patrick Ross, whose support for both the Museum and the Memorial is invaluable.

There are, of course, always so many people to thank after such a momentous event. To name a few, the memorial service would not have been the same without the Kingston CFS cadets who stood the honour guard, Stuart Stansfield (MC extraordinaire), Bev Branson, Brenton Ragless (who shared memories of Ash Wednesday through the eyes of his 6-year-old self), Joe Szakacs MP, Tammy Moffat, Jim Keatch, the entire SAVFFM committee. Special thanks must also go to the extraordinary leader Rex Hall AFSM, who unfortunately could not attend the memorial service due to illness.

Apologies to anyone we have missed – please know that we were so grateful to have you there with us!