Proserpine commemorates service heroes at Anzac Day march
SHUTDOWN roads, streets lined with smiling faces and Australian flags were a symbol of appreciation for the current and fallen heroes to commemorate the 103rd anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli by the Anzacs.
In the annual Anzac Day parade a convoy of three cars lead community groups and local school children proudly down the town's Main St.
Proserpine RSL sub-branch president Jason Raiteri addressed the crowd at the service and reiterated to those gathered that Anzac Day isn't about the glorification of war, but a day to remember a common experience shared by Australia's returned service personnel.
Mr Raiteri reminded the community that by nightfall 103 years ago 747 men were dead, by the end of the war 7594 men lost their lives with 26,000 casualties from the 60,000 Australians that fought at Gallipoli.
"To date, over 102,000 Australians have died while serving with Australian units,” he said.
"Your own community is rich with the history of local men and women who've answered the call and made enormous sacrifices to serve for their country over the last century.”
State member for Whitsunday Jason Costigan was in attendance, wearing his late cousin's medals for the first time, whose story he shared with the community.
Flight Lieutenant Brendan Wethery, senior defence officer from the 452 RAAF Townsville squadron was the guest speaker of the morning.
Flt Lt Brendan Wethery was joined by seven other men from his squadron who participated in the march and service.
Proserpine Citizens Band performed throughout the march and the ceremony.
Community groups, local schools and families laid wreaths in remembrance of the Anzacs and service men and women past and present.
Deputy Mayor John Collins laid a wreath on the cenotaph, on behalf of the Whitsunday Regional Council, representatives from Proserpine State High School, Proserpine State School, St Catherine Catholic College and Proserpine Baton twirlers also took part in the ceremony.