How the Lockyer and Somerset paid tribute:
IN THE cool morning air, a massive crowd gathered to remember those who have served their country.
Gatton RSL Sub-branch president Les Nash said it had been one of the biggest crowds to attend the Anzac Day dawn service at the Weeping Mother Memorial.
“We say it every year that the numbers are increasing but they are,” Mr Nash said.
“I thought that maybe because the centenary is spread over so many years there might be a bit of reduction but I believe there is a marked increase this year with the crowd.”
Mr Nash estimated that about 1000 people gathered for the dawn service.
“It’s terrific and it just reaffirms the fact that Australians are not forgetting our ex-service people from Gallipoli and from throughout all the wars,” he said.
“It is a public holiday and people take this as their priority which is terrific.”
It was a quiet and sombre service, with a spine-tingling rendition of The Last Post echoing throughout Littleton Park.
Paul Montague added to the emotional service by reciting his poem, Anzac Letters, which is about his grandfather’s brother Alexander Montague, Private 65.
The poem is based on about 100 letters from the Red Cross, and the Imperial services, trying to ascertain where Alexander was located, or died.
It took them a year to confirm the death.
“In amongst all of that time there was this anguish of these people in Cooma, my home town in country NSW, wondering where young Alexander is,” he said.
There were increased crowd numbers across services in the Lockyer Valley and Somerset.
ON PARADE: Daniel King, in the seat of a Saladin Armoured Car from 1956, travelled from Cairns to take part in the Gatton Anzac Day Parade with his family.
HONOURED: The 2017 Gatton Anzac Day dawn service at the Weeping Mother Memorial.