Paying tribute to our soldiers

WHITSUNDAY residents were out in force on Sunday to pay tribute to soldiers, old and young, as part of Anzac Day services.

Traditionally the day started with dawn services and it was a large crowd that turned out at the Cannonvale cenotaph before sunrise to commemorate the landing at Gallipoli.

As the morning broke, large crowds attended parades in Proserpine and Airlie Beach as soldiers marched alongside school children to services at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre and the Airlie Beach foreshore.

At Airlie Beach guest speaker Major General Jenny Jiear from Townsville spoke about the spirit of ANZAC Day and how it had become more than a day to commemorate the landing at Gallipoli.

School boy Brendan Edwards then performed a stirring version of ‘I was only 19' before wreaths were laid at the makeshift cenotaph on the foreshore.

In Proserpine, the march to the RSL sub branch included World War II veterans, Vietnam veterans and family members of soldiers killed in the line of duty.

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.

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