Queen Street salon Hair Options by Marys pays tribute to soldiers ahead of Anzac Day

LEST WE FORGET: St Marys business owner Mary Pezzano said she was passionate about remembering Australia's past and present soldiers. Picture: Heath Parkes-Hupton

LEST WE FORGET: St Marys business owner Mary Pezzano said she was passionate about remembering Australia's past and present soldiers. Picture: Heath Parkes-Hupton

Mary Pezzano’s hair salon is known for more than just its top quality service and skilled hairdressers.

The salon, Hair Options by Mary, is also recognisable for the displays set up in its Queen Street window. 

In the lead up to Anzac Day, Ms Pezzano’s shopfront has been adorned with relics of Australia’s war-time past.

“I do love Anzac Day because of the importance behind the day,” she told the Star.

“It’s good to be able to raise some awareness for what these people did for us.”

The display includes several historic images of Australian soldiers from the first World War as well as a rosemary plant taken from the shores of Gallipoli.  

Ms Pezzano’s salon is decked out for every major holiday and local event including Halloween, Christmas and the St Marys Spring Festival.

But she said Anzac Day was an extra special occasion for the whole community.

Although no members of Ms Pezzano’s family fought for Australia in battle, her husband’s great-grandfather was held as a prisoner of war during World War I.

“It does touch a nerve for us,” she said.

“It’s a day that I feel is getting bigger every year, and one where young and old can come together.

“We get lots of kids asking questions about the display and the older people can let them know about the sacrifices our soldiers made.”

She urged the community to turn out in force at the dawn service at St Marys RSL Club on April 25.

“We go every year,” she said. “We all need to pay our respects to fallen soldiers.”

Where to go in St Marys:

  • St Marys RSL Sub-Branch’s annual Anzac Day March will leave Coachman’s Park at 2.30pm on Sunday, April 23.
  • The dawn service will he held outside the sub-branch’s headquarters at the corner of Hall Street and Mamre Road at 5am on Tuesday, April 25.
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