Anzac Day brings special moments for Margaret 

ANZAC Day is an important commemoration for many Australians and Warrnambool's Margaret Morton is no exception.

Mrs Morton served in the navy with one of her sisters, while her husband and other siblings served in the army. Today she works closely with the RSL as a volunteer.

At 18 years old, Mrs Morton followed in the footsteps of her older siblings, joining the navy in 1945.

"It was a family thing, my brother went off (to the army) when I was only 12 and we'd been involved right through the war really," Mrs Morton said.

Serving in the Women's Royal Australian Naval Service, she was based at HMAS Cerberus as an officer's stewardess for 18 months before World War II ended. Her main role was to serve meals and undertake general kitchen duties.

"It was good. It was full on a lot of getting up early and going to bed late, but overall it was good to be with all of those people," Mrs Morton said.

"I met some wonderful girls there who I'm still in contact with ."

While at HMAS Cerberus, Mrs Morton became pen friends with Richard Morton, who was serving in the British occupation force in Japan. He returned for one week in 1947, and even though it was the first time the pair had met, they were married.

"I was a very young 20 back then," she said.

The couple had five children together and now 86 years old and a widow, Mrs Morton is a grandmother to 12 and great grandmother to nine.

She dedicates a lot of her time to volunteering with the RSL and showing her prized doll collection.

She said she was looking forward to this coming Anzac Day.

"It (Anzac Day) means a real lot to me at an early age you hear a lot, you see a lot and you dream a lot of things and Anzac Day here in Warrnambool is just really special.

"I know a lot of people and I have a lot to do with the RSL and just meeting a lot of the people over there it's the special moments you spend with them."

Mrs Morton will attend the 6am service, will march in Koroit and then return to Warrnambool to prepare for its march.

"There's always rum around on Anzac Day and you have it in your coffee and I do the rum... it is an important job, you make plenty of friends," she said, laughing.

The story Anzac Day brings special moments for Margaret  first appeared on Warrnambool Extra.

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