Coming together helps us to heal
IT WAS no surprise to learn we had a record crowd at the Anzac Day Dawn Service this week.
In light of recent events, I fully expected to see the community turn out in droves for what is already one of our biggest annual events.
And turn out in droves the community did, with an estimated crowd of almost 3500 in attendance.
It was interesting to listen to the speeches given by Airlie Beach / Whitsunday RSL sub-branch president Terry Brown and Member for Whitsunday Jason Costigan, both of whom drew parallels between what Anzac Day means and what the Whitsunday community has experienced while dealing with Cyclone Debbie.
Terry Brown spoke of the qualities of mateship so often associated with the Anzacs and evident on the ground in the Whitsundays in recent weeks.
And Jason Costigan expressed his gratitude to the Australian Defence Force personnel, who we usually pay tribute to for their efforts in war, but on Tuesday were praised for their contribution to disaster recovery and emergency relief in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Debbie.
I think Anzac Day 2017 meant something a little bit different to all of us this year and probably always will.
I know it did for me.