Youth must be told so they remember

THE dawning sun may have been hidden by dark rain clouds but nothing could dampen the spirits of the hundreds who turned out for the Anzac Day dawn service in Coffs Harbour.

The ceremony was led by RSL Sub Branch president Bob Payne, who talked of the sacrifice the Anzacs made for our way of life.

"For the lights of freedom to continue to shine, we must set an example for the next generation, so they will never forget," Mr Payne said.

Coffs Harbour Christian Community School student, Bethany Buckman, read out an essay during the service about the men and women who forged our national identity and character.

"That spirit needs to be maintained by young Australians, by encouraging them to hear the stories of the Anzacs," Bethany said.

"If we know, then we will remember forever."

Taylor Redding, 10, visiting from Newcastle, was there with mum Caroline and brother Tommy, 3, and he needed no prompting on Anzac stories.

"We learnt about them in school, about what the soldiers did to save Australia," he said.

Coffs Harbour RSL Sub Branch senior vice president, Steve Conlon, said it was good to see so many young people.

"I got to schools, give talks, and I'm always moved by how many kids want to know about the Anzacs," Mr Conlon

"Young people ask questions, they don't want the Anzacs to be forgotten, and they understand that we, all of us, wouldn't be here if it wasn't for them."

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