Reflection . . . Ex-servicemen remember fallen mates at yesterday's Coffs Harbour Anzac Day service.
Reflection . . . Ex-servicemen remember fallen mates at yesterday's Coffs Harbour Anzac Day service. Bruce Thomas

Day of pride

COFFS HARBOUR, you did yourself proud!

Thousands of men, women and children turned out for the main Anzac Day service yesterday morning despite the threat of rain.

And they were rewarded as the heavens held back for the big parade of ex-servicemen and women, which was led by the Northern Rivers Lancers 15th Light Horse and an impressive line-up of military jeeps carrying Diggers.

Children representing the many schools in the district, and other community organisations, were also there in force.

The commemorations included a visit by the Royal Australian Navy's 805 Squadron from the Nowra naval air station, ahead of the squadron's decommissioning.

Dave Auld was among those who remembered the bravery of our war veterans.

He reflected in particular on the service of his dad, Brian, who served in Bougainville during World War II with the 5th Field Company Engineers.

Dave himself was a regular soldier who was with the artillery's 131 Divisional Locating Battery, based at Holsworthy in Sydney from 1971 to 1976.

For Austy Harrison, too, Anzac Day is a special day indeed.

"My dad, Stan, fought on the Western Front in World War I. He got wounded," Austy said.

"I think particularly of him on this date and all my mates drafted to HMAS Australia. I was kept back for medical reasons."

Austy served in the southwest Pacific in the Second World War on an ammunitions ship attached to the United States' 7th Fleet.


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