Community unites to remember
IN true Anzac spirit, generations young and old turned out to pay their respects at Emerald Cenotaph on Sunday.
“I'm more than pleased with these numbers,” said Emerald RSL President Noel Mallyon as the crowds rolled in for the Dawn Service to commemorate the 95th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign.
“If you go back 20 years ago, we'd be lucky to have 20 people. This is just getting better and better every year, and with the young ones it's just incredible,” he said.
Emerald CBD was alive with colour later for the Anzac March with more than 1000 people participating in the parade, and hundreds more showing their support.
“For me it consolidates the camaraderie, said ex-British Forces serviceman Mick Pound.
“It brings you back and that's what marching's all about; a sense of unity.”
Guest speaker at the main service, Federal Member for Flynn Chris Trevor, spoke of the Anzac ideals of mateship, courage, determination and endurance.
“These ideals have carried through to today's generation of Australian Defence Force personnel,” said Mr Trevor.