Dawn service honours our fallen Anzacs
GYMPIE turned out in the half light of morning yesterday to remember the Anzacs.
More than 1000 people gathered at the Memorial Flame for the dawn service which got under way at 5am.
Just minutes before, Memorial Park's resident lorikeets took flight, allowing the annual vigil to go ahead without the usual cacophony of screeching birds drowning out proceedings.
The sounding of the bugle marked the 98th anniversary of the Anzacs' landing at Gallipoli on April 25, 1915 which, Mayor Ron Dyne told the assembled crowd, changed the way the rest of the world looked at Australia.
"The way these Anzacs bore the brunt of the fight in the Dardenelles stirred in Australians everywhere a new feeling of camaraderie, a feeling that matched the way in which the rest of the world suddenly began to look at Australia - not just as an offshoot of Britain but as an independent nation of a very independent character," he said.
Cr Dyne paid tribute to all former members of the Australian defence forces and the brave men and women who currently represent our country on a daily basis and embodied the spirit of our first Anzacs.
"No Australian is left untouched when a member of our defence force is killed in action," he said.
"It is difficult to comprehend the grief associated with the loss at war of a parent, partner, child or sibling.
"Let us also ensure that we remember the families."
Cr Dyne said the Anzac spirit existed in every one of us.
"Therefore, let us be guided by the Anzac spirit in facing the national and personal challenges ahead," he said.
"And let us strive to be worthy of the memory of all those we honour on Anzac Day."