Emerald's ex- service men and women march inoto the dawn service, led by the beating of the drums.
Emerald's ex- service men and women march inoto the dawn service, led by the beating of the drums. Aaron Goodwin

Dawn service draws crowd

EMERALD community members turned out in droves to pay their respects at this year's Anzac Day dawn service.

Despite the rain overnight, proceedings went ahead as planned in front of the cenotaph at the corner of Egerton and Anakie Sts.

Emerald RSL sub-branch president Noel Mallyon was pleased with the turnout, given the weather conditions.

"We did have a worry when things didn't look too flash around 3am with the weather, and the possibility of having to take the service inside," Mr Mallyon said.

"It turned out great in the end with the weather holding off and proceedings taking place outside at the cenotaph."

 

The dawn service featured guest speaker Captain Stephen Lawson, of the Royal Australian Navy.

A 20-year serviceman, Lawson is a former son of the Emerald community who returned to take part in both the dawn and main service.

Wreaths were laid at the foot of the cenotaph in commemoration.


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