THE wind burned cold as a small number of dedicated people embarked on the traditional lone pine pilgrimage.
The pilgrimage started at a memorial tree for those who fought and died at Gallipoli. The tree was grown from a seed taken from Gallipoli in Turkey. A wreath was laid by Orange Returned Services League president Brian Merchant as he recited the ode.
Similar ceremonies were conducted at the crematorium and the cemetery in honour of all former Orange residents who have been lost in battle.
Ex-serviceman Phil Gould said despite the small turnout of 10 people the pilgrimage was still relevant.
“It is just what you do,” he said
“It all started somewhere and it is up to us to continue with the tradition”.
Mr Merchant said he was disappointed with the small crowd but was determined none the less.
“We would really like to see more people come out but you make do,” he said.
- Nicole Kuter