THE Anzac spirit is alive and well in the Rockhampton region, with thousands yesterday attending services and parades across the region.

Thousands lined Quay St in Rockhampton for the main parade and service.

It was a similar story at Emu Park, Yeppoon, Mt Morgan and Gracemere, where events were well attended.

BIG SMILES: Yeppoon Coast Guard volunteers.
BIG SMILES: Yeppoon Coast Guard volunteers. Christine Mckee

Before the sun had risen, many had attended the moving dawn services.

Mt Morgan had a great turnout with RSL president Mike Johnston pleased with how the day unfolded.

About 60 people headed to the dawn service, followed by a breakfast and a march through the town.

"We had school, police, fire brigade, ambulance and school cadets march," Mike said.

DAWN DUTY: Bugler David Covey plays the Last Post at the Gracemere dawn service.
DAWN DUTY: Bugler David Covey plays the Last Post at the Gracemere dawn service. Cherith Weis

But there is one moment from the day that stands out for Mike; he explained how one senior RSL member laid two wreaths at the cenotaph.

One wreath was for her husband who fought in the 42nd battalion in WWII, and the other wreath for the RSL women's auxillary.

"We had 14 school cadets form a guard of honour for people laying the wreaths."

Anzac Day is one of the most important times of the year for Mike, who fought in the Vietnam War.

"I come from a military family, my father was in WWII, and my brother and myself joined the army '74 and went to Vietnam."

"I've never missed a dawn service since I joined the army."



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