Support for Anzacs

Thousands of people around the Northern Rivers commemorated Anzac Day on Sunday, attending marches and ceremonies.

In Lismore more than 2000 people attended the dawn service.

As the main parade proceeded down Molesworth Street, the footpaths were lined with people waving flags to support soldiers, past and present.

Lt Colonel Stuart Pascoe, Commanding Officer of the 41st Battalion Royal NSW Regiment, gave a moving keynote address regarding bravery, mateship and the horrors of war.

Secretary of the City of Lismore RSL Sub-Branch Wilson McClelland said he was moved beyond words by the support of the community.

“On behalf of the City of Lismore RSL Sub-Branch and Anzac Day committee, I can’t really express our gratitude to the people of Lismore for their support,” Wilson said. “There’s too many volunteers to thank everyone properly, but I’d like to make special mention of the schools and the school children.

“It’s just getting bigger every year and the ex-service community is extremely appreciative.”

Wilson said he thought one of the reasons Anzac Day was so well supported by the community was that people like to pay their respects to their forefathers.

“It’s people saying thank you to those who made the supreme sacrifice and those who returned from war. To me it’s more Australian than Australia Day,” he said. “While we’ve got the support of the community for Anzac Day the memory of the Anzacs will never fade.”

For more Anzac photos, see page 10.


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