Service packed to the rafters
PEOPLE had to be turned away from Mt Walsh at dawn last Thursday because the morning Anzac service was so popular.
But for the hikers that made it to the top of Mt Walsh, the sunrise was a spectacle not to be forgotten.
A large group participated in this year's Anzac Day night hike and dawn service on the summit. People came from Bundaberg, Mundubbera and Gayndah, aswell as 25 people from the Biggenden area.
The weather was perfect.
Stars and a fullmoonlit up the sky above, as the group of lights snaked its way up the steep slope.
The street lights of Biggenden and an occasional vehicle gave participants a sense of altitude.
Acool breeze and early morning birds accompanied the dawn service, complete with playing of Last Post and National Anthem.
Roslyn Rackemann who undertook the Kokoda Track last year with husband Darren said the dawn service on Mt Walsh was truly a magnificent and humbling experience.
“The climb to the top on this special day allows you time to reflect on what the soldiers from all conflictswould have been experiencing and enduring for the benefit of us today.
“It allowed me to reflect on my time on the Kokoda Track and once again realise the importance of the four pillars Endurance, Courage, Sacrifice and Mateship,” she said.
“We are very lucky to have such a beautiful landmark in our area and also to have such a wonderful bush leader as Moira Thompson.
“I encourage everyone to experience the dawn service at Biggenden,” she said.
Mrs Thompson extended her thanks to Cr Lofty Wendt andNorth Burnett Regional Council, CEO Mark Pitt, for accommodating the bush walkers by changing the time of Biggenden Anzac parade to 8.30am.
“This enables a safe descent of the mountain and the ability of hikers to participate in the Biggenden ceremony,” she said.
Due to the overwhelming amount of interest, and the safety logistics, participants in future events will be encouraged to consider camping on the summit the night before.
REFLECTION: Dawn service on the summit of MtWalsh is gaining popularity, with people turned away this year.
Monto's Army Cadets at the dawn service.
Mayor Don Waugh and Monto RSL Sub Branch President John at the town's memorial.
Mundubbera State School captains Nathan McLennan and Emma Haigh planted a rosemary bush in the school's Anzac garden and students from each class placed wreaths during the school's service.
Teacher Kirsty McGovern conducts the choir as students sing about Australia's heroes marching at Mundubbera State School's Anzac service.
Rev Carol Palmer and Mundubbera RSL president John Ogden at the cemetery service as the sun rose on April 25.
Veteran Ken Scheuber Anzac Day march.
Biggenden RSL Sub Branch president Kevin Murree, Cr Lofty Wendt and guest speaker Rev Peter Taubner at the town's Anzac Day service in the grounds of the Memorial Hall.
Eric Hunt (left) and Adrian Booth (right) march down Capper St.
Boynewood State School students represented their school on Anzac Day in Mundubbera.
Alarge number of Mundubbera State P–10 students marched on Anzac Day.
Returned servicemen andwomen lead the Anzac Day march to the Cenotaph in Mundubbera.
Deputy mayor Faye Whelan places a poppy on the grave of returned serviceman Darryl Jenkinson in Mundubbera on Anzac morning.