AS Australians count down the remaining days to Saturday’s commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Anzac Day, one group of riders has retraced the journey their forefathers took ahead of enlisting to fight in World War I.
The trio from Corryong started at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance on April 14, aiming to ride their horses more than 500 kilometres to Corryong in time for the town’s Anzac Centenary commemorations.
By the time they get to Corryong tomorrow, they will have covered more than 500 kilometres.
The nine-day journey has covered daily distances similar to those that would have been covered by members of the Light Horse.
For Bridget Waters, the journey has been deeply personal, with three of her relatives having served in World War I and only two of them returning to Australia.
The ride is a wonderful tribute by the participants to all of those who served in that war and in others since.
Its significance is highlighted by the lantern another of the riders has been carrying, which was lit from the eternal flame at the Shrine of Remembrance ahead of the start of the journey.