Thousands swell ceremonies
By TAMARA KEMP ? THE legend of Anzac Day lived on yesterday as thousands of Rockhampton residents lined Quay Street to remember those who fought and died for Australia.
More than 1000 people ? from Diggers to school students ? marched from Archer Street to Quay Street for the civil service to honour the 90th anniversary of the Australian landing at Gallipoli.
About 5000 people lined the route, continuing to the riverbank for the civil service.
Dawn service co-ordinator and Anzac Day march co-ordinator for the Rockhampton City Commemorative Committee, Keith Joyce, said up to 1500 people gathered at the Botanic Gardens cenotaph for the dawn service. He described both events as the largest participation level in living memory.
"It's the largest crowd I have seen in more than 20 years.
"As a veteran, it is very pleasing to see so many people here.'' Mr Joyce said he was pleased to see the number of school participation and younger generations attending the service.
He said the committee had actively encouraged all Rockhampton schools to get behind the Anzac legend and help plan future commemorations.
Lieutenant-Colonel W.S. (Bill) Byrne said Anzac Day not only commemorated the 90th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing, but the 60th anniversary of the end of WWII and the many Australians serving in Iraq.
He said the number of Australians who died during WWI was the equivalent of the population of Berserker Street State School and Rockhampton State High School (1400) in one week for four years.