Lawrence Corbett and his daughter, Helen THOUSANDS came in darkness to attend Devonport ‘s dawn Anzac Day service.
Crowd numbers broke all previous records yesterday.
Devonport RSL Sub- Branch president, Grant Munday, said in recent years the early service had grown to be the biggest of the day.
“Today was the largest we have ever had,” Mr Munday said.
He said it was hard to get accurate numbers, but estimated up to 3000 were at the dawn service and about 2000 were at the morning service.
Special mention was made at the morning service of the 27 members of the Devonport RSL Sub- Branch aged over 90, three of whom led the march.
“For anyone to have got through WW2 and make it to 90 that’s significant.”
Devonport Mayor Steve Martin spoke of Anzac Day being the “one day in our year that we as Australians gather in solemn remembrance of our men, women and our animals who have served and fought in war”.
Mr Munday said Anzac Day was a time to reflect on the service of all Australians who served in wars, including in Iraq and Afghanistan and in peacekeeping roles in more recent times.
“May we and our successors prove worthy of their sacrifice,” he said.
Anzac Day addresses were given by Grade 10 student Laura Wood and Emily Pickett, the 2010 Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize recipient.
This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.