Douglas thanks all who served
FROM Cow Bay to Port Douglas and up to Mt Molloy, people turned out in thousands to observe Anzac Day in the district.
The proceedings began with the pre-dawn service at Cow Bay.
Around 800 people took part in the dawn service at Mossman Cenotaph. Although it was the 102nd anniversary of the landings at Gallipoli, this year Mayor Julia Leu shifted the emphasis more toward the protracted agony of the fighting in France in World War I.
“It is 100 years since Australia led the way into the killing fields of the Western Front,” Mayor Leu said, “and 46,000 Australians died, of those 18,000 have no known grave.”
Mayor Leu spoke of the Battle of Bullecourt where Australian soldiers were left stranded and without support.
Mention was also made of the battles of Ypres, Messines and Passchendaele and the Light Horsemen in Palestine.
President of the Mossman RSL Sub-Branch, Mr Ron Savage spoke of the “horrific loss of life” at Anzac Cove.
“We have to make this nation worthy of their sacrifice and we must accept how easy it could all happen again and we would need to call on the spirit of the Anzacs.”
Fr Kenneth Lay of St David’s Anglican Church delivered the Anzac Day Prayer and Ron Savage gave the Anzac Oath. Ms Kaela Trewick performed The Last Post and Reveille.
Petty Officer Kelly Hodgens led a contingent from HMAS Cairns and placed the first wreath on the cenotaph followed by the Mayor and community and service groups. Schools also were represented, laying wreaths made by students.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, breakfast was served by the local State Emergency Services personnel in the high school indoor sports centre.
In Port Douglas several thousand locals and visitors thronged the main street for the march and then to Anzac Park.
The small naval contingent from HMAS Cairns was prominent, as they were in Mossman earlier.
As usual, the services later retired to the CWA Hall for morning tea. But many others found their way to the traditional two-up game at the Central Hotel, which was rolling along by 11am.
The Cluster School’s Choir sang The Last Anzac
Entering Mt Molloy
The emergency services looked smart in their dark uniforms