April 26, 2024

We will remember them.

SURF COAST residents in their thousands gathered for Anzac Day commemorations across the region

At Point Danger in Torquay close to 10,000 people attended the ceremony that commenced at 5.45 am.

The solemn sound of the Last Post echoed through the morning air as attendees paid their respects in silence.

The Torquay community came together to honour the sacrifices made by Australian and New Zealand Army Corps during the Gallipoli landings in 1915 and to honour the contribution and suffering of all who have served since.

RSL Bob Brackin spoke at the dawn service about the significance of the day and of soldiers that made the ultimate sacrifice.

“We are here today to remember this day, 25 April 1915, the landing at Gallipoli,” Mr Brackin said.

“We remember those who gave their life and limbs, both men and women, black or white to ensure that we here today have the freedom we have."

“We also remember the animal that gave their lives to ensure our freedom.”

The dawn service reflects the military tradition of ‘stand to’ at the first light, a time chosen to remember when soldiers were most alert for an attack.

The sound of bagpipes echoed across the landscape, adding a solemn note to the ceremony.

Across the Surf Coast Shire other ceremonies took place.

In Anglesea, the day began with a march from McMillan Street to Murray Street, culminating in a service at the Anglesea Memorial Hall.

Lorne’s observance started with a 7 am service at Anzac Memorial Park, followed by a gunfire breakfast at Lorne Bowls Club car park, and a march from the Lorne Visitor Information Centre to Anzac Memorial Park.

Read entire Surf Coast Times story here.

Image credit: A wreath is placed at sunrise at Point Danger in Torquay, commemorating ANZAC Day. Photo: PETER MARSHALL

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