Anzac Day dawn service at the Lyle Rose Memorial Park in Sawtell.
Anzac Day dawn service at the Lyle Rose Memorial Park in Sawtell. Brad Greenshields

Anzac Day dawn services well attended on the Coffs Coast

HUNDREDS of people from across the Coffs Coast and beyond commemorated servicemen past and present at Anzac Day dawn services around the region. 

In Coffs Harbour, the weather didn't deter crowds as they gathered by the cenotaph near the C.ex Club to pay tribute the sacrifices of military personnel past and present.

Anzac Day dawn service at the Lyle Rose Memorial Park in Sawtell.
Anzac Day dawn service at the Lyle Rose Memorial Park in Sawtell. Brad Greenshields

RSL sub-branch president, Bob Payne said it was wonderful to see a strong turn out from the community. 

"It's a very important day and its great to see the support of the citizenry of Coffs Harbour its fantastic,"

"It's a commemoration of the centenary of Anzac and all of the battles they fought on the western front,"

"If Hitler, Japan and ISIS and all of those people had been victorious, what sort of world would we be living in? I don't want to think about it, especially for my children, my grandchildren and my great grandchildren 

Three generations of ex-serviceman Shaun Thompson's family have served and fought for Australia.

Today, he wore badges earned by his grandfather, father and himself to honour his family's service. 

"It's a great day for all Australians and all of the service personnel who have put their lives on the line over the year for Australians and for the freedoms we enjoy every day," Mr Thomspson said. 

Brisbane visitor, Bonnie Hartnett 'thoroughly enjoyed' the service and reflected on her father's 30 years of service with the Australian Navy. 

"Anzac day is the most important day of the year as far as I'm concerned," Ms Hartnett said. 

"Coming from a large family, Anzac Day was always more celebrated so than Christmas and birthdays, we used to have a big family gathering."

ALMOST 400 people were in attendance at the Sawtell dawn service.

Led to the service by a lone piper, returned service people, families and those simply paying their respects were on hand for the service in this the 70th year of the Sawtell RSL sub-branch.

Sub-branch president Dallas Burrage paid tribute to the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan while St John Paul College students Ellie Hewitt and Will de Dassel paid tribute to the Sawtell RSL which is celebrating it's 70th year.

A moving rendition of The Last Post and Reveille on the bugle and lament by a lone bagpiper helped to highlight the moment of silence where service people who fought, served and paid the ultimate sacrifice were remembered. 



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