ANZAC DAY: Thousands in Bundy pay their respects to diggers
HUNDREDS flocked to the Bundaberg CBD this morning to pay their respects and remember the sacrifice made by the ANZAC servicemen and women.
The march began at the Bundaberg Services Club and was lead by the bagpipes and band to the memorial roundabout at the intersection of Barolin and Bourbong Sts.
After speeches and a minute's silence, the bugle sounded the Last Post and wreaths were laid by councilors, organisation representatives and finally the public.
After the service the Bundaberg Services Club was filled with the smell of rum as veterans and their families proudly shared a tipple and their stories of service.
As the sun rose over the horizon, red poppies were placed on the headstones of fallen soldiers and again the Last Post was played to conclude the dawn ceremony.
Later in the morning, masses of people gathered at Anzac Park for the Bundaberg Civic Service while the P-51D Mustang fighter flew over the area.
The Combined Australian/New Zealand wreath was laid by Commodore Michael Miko for Australia and Mr Alwyn Findlayson for New Zealand.
Bundaberg Mayor Jack Dempsey addressed the crowd and honoured the region's war veterans.
He also spoke about the Vignacourt documentary crew who are working in Bundaberg and filming with school children.
The National Anthem was performed by Suellen Cusack-Greensill while the Bundaberg Municipal Band and the Caledonian Pipe band also played throughout the morning.
THE skies were clear and the ocean calm as residents stood in silence to pay their respects at the Bargara Dawn Service this morning.
The service was held at 5.30am from the Bauer St War Memorial.
The clear morning skies made for a beautiful backdrop to the ceremony, with a sea of people standing in silence to remember those who had fallen.
The event started with an emotional video of children talking about remembering our heroes of the war.
Navy cadets and ex-servicemen stood proudly with flags raised and a canon was fired into the morning sky.
Lifesavers laid wreaths in memorial of Gemma Henricksen, Bundaberg's Summer Surf Girl who tragically passed away from her cancer battle this week.
Cr Greg Barnes, President of the Bargara Remembrance Committee, told the NewsMail the Bargara Dawn Service was extra beautiful this year.
"We couldn't have had more of an idyllic background with the sun coming up and the cloudless sky and absolutely flat water," he said.
"I think when you get the ideal situation like this it just adds to a really special moment.
"When you go into that minute of silence and you hear that water lapping in the background, it is very much a time to reflect on what has happened in the past."
Cr Barnes said the turnout had been "massive".
"The crowd have been great, they have been fantastic," he said.
"It was a big turnout this year once again and especially with the kids.
"Whilst we as organisers like to see the kids get involved we know that the diggers themselves like it too because they know that their legacy will go on and on."