Despite cold rainy weather, hundreds attended the Annual pilgrimage to the Italian Ossario at the Murchison Cemetery.
The colourful pageantry was added to with many colours of assorted umbrellas but the weather didn’t seem to deter those that had travelled from long distances, some from interstate but mostly from Melbourne Italian Clubs and communities.
The formal proceedings included a speech from City of Greater Shepparton Cr. Bruce Giovanetti who also laid a wreath representing the people of Shepparton.
The Murchison Lions Club was very supportive, with the surrounds in good order and on the day providing fresh flowers from Murchison Flower Farm for the attendees. The Club also organised for the Community Centre to be open so everyone could shelter from the rain and cold instead of the usual picnic in the gardens. Music soon filled the hall and many kicked up their heels and danced the afternoon away!
It is wonderful to see so many coming to this unique place each year to remember those Italian Internees and Prisoners of War who died on Australian soil during the Second World War. The Ossario is the last resting place for 129 men and one woman of Italian descent, who passed away behind barbed wire in Camps all over Australia and whose remains were retrieved many years later to be together in one place here at the Ossario in Murchison.