SHOW OF RESPECT: The crowd gathered at the Railton war memorial for Wednesday’s Anzac Day dawn service. Picture: Kelly Slater.NEARLY 20,000 Coasters paid tribute to our service men and women on Wednesday at services around the region.
Ulverstone recorded its highest number of attendees for several years with about 4000 attending its main service.
Leighland Christian School student Sam Reeve was the guest speaker at the service.
He summed up Anzac Day better than most.
“If the Anzacs didn’t do what they did, the world would not be the place it is today,” he said.
Devonport also broke some attendance records, with 3000 making their way to Victoria Pde for the 6am dawn service.
Anzac Day addresses were given by Grade 10 student Laura Wood and Emily Pickett, the 2010 Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize recipient.
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.
Deputy Senior Naval Officer Tasmania Bill Canna was the guest speaker at the 11am Burnie Anzac Day service yesterday, addressing about 3000 people.
He retold the story of military personnel that arrived on the shores of Gallipoli, unprepared for the hardships ahead.
A little piece of history was created as the small West Coast town of Gormanston held its first ever Anzac Day service.
Meanwhile, more than 50 locals braved the chilly morning at Strahan’s Anzac Park for the dawn service.
In Queenstown, the streets were packed with families and school children who turned out in their hundreds to pay their respects.
Hundreds rallied at the Somerset and Wynyard Anzac Day services to keep the memory alive of those who fought in past and present wars.
At 90 years “young”, John Bates was one of many returned servicemen to attend the Wynyard service.
An increased number of young people attending the service brought a smile to the former teacher’s face.
Readers from Smithton to Latrobe shared their Anzac Day experience.
From all over the North-West, Advocate iPhone app users submitted photos illustrating how they commemorated Anzac Day. Including this shot at the Penguin Dawn Service. View the photos here.
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This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.