Hon­our­ing the he­roes of re­gion

Big crowds on An­zac Day

Gatton Star - - YOUR SAY - Tom Thread­ing­ham tom.thread­ing­ham@gat­ton­star.com.au

CROWDS at An­zac Day ser­vices through­out the re­gion were once again great.

I at­tended the dawn ser­vice at Gat­ton and the ser­vice in With­cott.

Both had a large amount of peo­ple turn up to pay their re­spects.

The dawn ser­vice was no­tably big­ger than last year, with hun­dreds of peo­ple hud­dling in the dark on Tues­day morn­ing.

It’s great to see that the day is at the fore­front of ev­ery­one’s mind, and that peo­ple feel com­pelled to at­tend the ser­vices.

Crowds lined the streets for the pa­rades and filled local parks, all ea­ger to be part of one of the coun­try’s most sig­nif­i­cant days.

Medals not only adorned serv­ing per­son­nel and vet­er­ans, but fam­ily mem­bers too.

Ev­ery­one was keen to honour those who ei­ther served or paid the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice. There was also plenty of youth in­volved in the ser­vices, es­pe­cially local schools.

It’s great that the younger ones are learn­ing this his­tory and be­ing part of the com­mem­o­ra­tions too.

Learn­ing what this coun­try has fought for to lay the foun­da­tions we now stand on is vi­tal.

It’s im­por­tant to remember those men and women, and what they sac­ri­ficed to en­sure to­day’s gen­er­a­tions have a free and fruit­ful life.

I hope ev­ery­one en­joyed the day and was able to get to a ser­vice near them.

I look for­ward to see­ing even larger crowds at next year’s An­zac Day ser­vices.

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