ONE Mile State School's Anzac Day Parade today was the first official appointment for Member for Gympie David Gibson, since his shock resignation from the position of Minister for Police and Community Safety last week.

The former Army officer has attended numerous Anzac Day services, but this one included a special tribute for Gympie soldier Ashley Birt, who lost his life in friendly fire last year.

After they slow marched to lay a wreath during the service, Mr Gibson told Elisha Bath, Madison Roche and Liam Neilsen they did a "fantastic job".

"It's wonderful to see the young kids so involved in our history," Mr Gibson said after the service.

"It's great to see them recognising the service of our men and women in Australia's defence forces."

Gympie RSL sub-branch committee member Greg McGuire agreed.

"It's absolutely brilliant," he said of seeing the kids involved in Anzac Day.

He laid a poppy in remembrance of past teachers and students, those who served and those who payed the supreme sacrifice.

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