Anzacs remembered at Gallipoli

WWII veteran John Hendry surrounded by great-grandchildren after participating in the 2017 Anzac Day National Ceremony.

"There's a lot of young people coming now and it's good that they learn what happened during the war", said 100-year-old former POW Harold Martin.

"I have been affected by my service, but certainly come out the other side". A camaraderie. A fellowship.

She said it was hoped the project would inspire the young children to share what they learnt and connect with the stories of those who fought.

Before I begin, I'd like to begin by remarking on the importance of the Dawn Service.

We must never forget that more Australians lost their lives in 1917 due to war than in any other year of our history.

This year also marks significant anniversaries from World War 2.

Currumbin RSL Dawn Service: 5am, following a march from Murraba Street, Currumbin at 4.35am followed by the dawn service at 5am at Elephant Rock, Currumbin Beach.

Wherever in the world there are Aussies and Kiwis, they will today hold Anzac Day commemorations.

"Their significant contribution to the defence of Australia and to the Anzac spirit went unrecognised for many decades simply because of their racial heritage". The Anzacs were not individual-they were unified.

Gallipoli was New Zealand's first major role in the First World War. Beginning on the dawn of April 25, for which we celebrate this day, the Battle of Gallipoli was fought.

Watching the march from a folding chair under an umbrella on Anzac Parade was Red Hill's Jane Freeman and her niece Kate Hambleton, who was visiting from York in England.

Drawing attention to the current batch of troops returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, Curtis McGrath spoke of how his friends fought to save him in 2012 after an explosion blew off his legs.

North Gold Coast RSL (Helensvale): 5.25am in Remembrance Park (behind Club Helensvale), 20-28 Discovery Drive, Helensvale with the service commencing at 5.20am. Like the Anzacs, this communal celebration brings us together.

"When I think of the ANZAC's, I think of courage, mateship, determination and sacrifice", she said.

You live on, in us. Historians state that one of the most driving forces behind Allied victory was attitude.

In a post to social media on Tuesday, the prime minister thanked Australian servicemen and women all over the world for their commitment to keeping the world, the Middle East in particular, safe.

"That makes me happy - the tradition won't die".

"These Anzacs were completely untested in battle, Gallipoli was literally their baptism of fire, and the Australian nation had no reason to expect them to behave as magnificently as they did that cold morning 102 years ago".


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