IN AIRLIE BEACH and Proserpine hundreds attended ANZAC ceremonies yesterday.
Despite the threat of rain the crowds turned out in force to salute soldiers who have served this nation and those that paid the ultimate price.
The day began with light drizzle falling during dawn services in Cannonvale, Proserpine and on Hamilton Island.
As the sun came up residents young and old lined up on the main street to watch the march to the cenotaph.
During a moving ceremony in Airlie Beach special guest, Major General Jenny Jiear from Townsville, spoke about the spirit of ANZAC Day and how it has become more than a day to commemorate the landing at Gallipoli.
School boy Brendan Edwards then performed a version of ‘I was only 19’ before wreaths were laid at the makeshift cenotaph on the foreshore.
In Proserpine it was a large crowd that turned out at the memorial at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre.
Residents lined the street as soldiers, school children and family members marched to the Proserpine RSL sub branch.
World War II veteran Bert Huttley, who fought in New Guinea and Borneo, summed the feeling up as he was driven down the main street past the waving crowds.
“It means a hell of a lot to me,” he said.
As the day wore on soldiers, family and friends retired to the Jubilee Tavern in Airlie Beach and the Proserpine RSL sub branch in for a lunch, a couple of beers and some good old fashioned two up.
ANZAC Day 2010 has passed but the memories of those soldiers who have served and are still serving Australia will never be forgotten.
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