Anzac Day time to reflect: Mayor
HE’S no stranger to waking before the sun, but for Vietnam veteran Ron Dyne, Anzac Day was not about his role as Mayor of the Gympie region, it was “a time to reflect”.
“I think it’s an ideal time to remember the sacrifice that troops made for us,” the former Lieutenant Colonel of the Army’s 102 field workshops said after Sunday’s dawn service in Gympie.
“I think of old mates and what they are doing with themselves and what they are going through,” he said.
“The majority of them came back, but there are Vietnam vets who are still suffering.
“It was a war that drew out some bad experiences in Australia. It touched a lot of people.”
He said the dawn service was “akin to being on exercises or operations” in the forces.
“They get you up at that hour,” he said.
“The thinking is that if the enemy is going to attack, they will do it at dawn and everyone should be awake and prepared.
“It was very satisfying to see so many people at the dawn service.
“Each year it gets bigger and bigger.
“During the Vietnam War not that many people attended them, but Australia has a greater understanding (of how it was).
After the service Councillor Dyne attended the Anzac Day parade, citizens’ meeting and lunch at the Gympie Civic Centre.