Rockhampton remembers its veterans

Commemorative services honour veterans of past conflicts and serving personnel


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Veteran Greg Gill, Park Avenue, was only too happy to help lead the Anzac Day parade in Rockhampton

Veteran Greg Gill, Park Avenue, was only too happy to help lead the Anzac Day parade in Rockhampton

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Hundreds, probably thousands, of people forgot leaden skies and drizzling rain to line Rockhampton streets for the annual Anzac Day parade

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ROCKHAMPTON residents did not forget to pay due respects to past and present veterans in a string of moving Anzac Day ceremonies on April 25.

From inland locations such as Springsure and Bouldercombe to the waterfront at Emu Park and Yeppoon and all places between, young and old defied the drizzle to commemorate a spirit born 104 yeas ago.

In Rockhampton a long parade of veterans, their families, serving ADF personnel, school students and volunteers snaked their down Archer St towards the river, then turned back to East Street before stopping at Rod Laver Plaza in Quay street.

Aircraftwoman Alexandra Irving, 33Sqn Avionics Technician RAAF Amberley, delivered the Anzac Day address, saying it particularly pleasing to do so in her hometown.

In her presentation Rockhampton Regional Council mayor Margaret Strelow asked the community to accept four resolutions including an expression of loyalty to the Queen and a call for peace.

"We voice our heartfelt sympathy with relatives and those who, during all wars, made the supreme sacrifice, and those who have suffered on behalf of liberty and justice in all campaigns," Cr Strelow said.

"We undertake to do what we can to urge those who lead us to strive for better understanding and cooperation among nations, for peaceful settlement of disputes, so that our morning may be tinged and tempered with the great hope of those who died."

Albert Jax, Allenstown, said the least of his concerns was the drizzle.

"I am not made of sugar mate, so it's all good. I came here to pay my respects. I did not go to war, thank goodness, but I live freely because others did and if I have to get wet then so be it," he said.

The story Rockhampton remembers its veterans first appeared on Queensland Country Life.

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