Services held across the North Burnett well attended this year
THE community came out in droves to celebrate Anzac Day across the region.
Monto RSL President John Lynn said he felt the service this year was better than usual.
“It was a big crowd and of course they’re always well behaved,” Mr Lynn said.
“There were a number of draws for the town this year; in addition to it being Monto’s turn to host the mayor’s visit, there was also a dedicated piper to lead the lament.
RSL treasurer David Watson was happy they were able to get Don Hiddle to play the pipes this year.
“It was organised at our last meeting that he was staying over with one of our members and he played the bagpipes so we snagged him up,” Mr Watson said.
In Gayndah, soldiers from the Second Combat Engineer Regiment once again paid their respects on Anzac Day and were joined by a large crowd of residents and veterans.
Gayndah’s last surviving Second World War Veteran Keith McGilvery lead the Anzac Day march and Gayndah RSL president Boyd Baker lead the ceremony.
After some initial issues with the playing of the last post Mr Baker was able to see the light side.
“When they originally decided to do the Last Post in this way the idea was to have five minutes of silence,” Mr Baker said.
“That never came about due to obvious reasons, but you people here today have done a great job.
“I wish to thank everyone for attending and showing their respects.”