ITWAS not a sombre service but a joyous celebration of the fact that we are here.
The Mundubbera service was full of music from the school band, beautiful voices and the sound of laughter and applause.
Deputy Mayor Fay Whelan said the time had come to rejoice in the fact that we lived on because of the sacrifice of so many, and after 100 years of sombre services it was time for change.
“If during this service you would like to clap, then clap,” she said.
“If you want to sing, sing, and if you want to laugh, we need to hear your laughter.”
Mundubbera RSL president David Roach said the community gathered on the sacred day to observe the centenary in Australia and New Zealand’s history of April 25, 1915, which changed people’s lives forever.
“We remember and honour the courage of the men and women who served and continue to serve in wars in deadly and dangerous places,” he said.
“It is a story of sacrifice in what was a hopeless, misdirected campaign, a bloody and costly defeat,
PAYING THEIR RESPECTS: Clinton Kyle, Rodney Thompson, Lyric Reid and Liam de la Mare lay a colourful wreath. but it forged this nation’s, New Zealand’s and Turkey’s identity.
“Good rose from evil, new life began, with a renewed awareness of our interdependence and of mateship in adversity.”
After the service, the people of Mundubbera marched to the cenotaph to show the memory of Anzac will always live on.
After the march, wreaths were laid, and then it was back to the RSL hall where the community had lunch.
School children pinned poppies to the wall of remembrance.
Boynewood School students pin poppies on the Remembrance Wall.
Tayleigh Fry-Allan and Western Wendt place a wreath at the Mundubbera State School.