Errol Williams, treasurer of the National Servicemen’s Association for Central Queensland, carries on tradition.
Errol Williams, treasurer of the National Servicemen’s Association for Central Queensland, carries on tradition. Allan Reinikka

Many brave cold to attend service

ALMOST double the number of people this year compared to last braved the early morning cold to pay their respects to our diggers at yesterday's Anzac Day dawn service in Rockhampton.

As the sun came up, the community stopped to remember those who had fought for Australia's freedom, commemorating the 97th Anniversary of the Anzacs' landing at Gallipoli.

This flowed on to the Anzac Day parade, with many residents either taking part in the march or coming along to enjoy the spectacle.

Mayor Brad Carter said number counts suggest about 8000 attended. Among the marchers were Mount Archer State School students Nathaniel, Lacara and Isaac Adidi, who shared the honour of wearing their great-grandfather's medals.

Their mother Senga Burrows said it was the third time the children had marched.

"My favourite part of the parade is watching the kids march with all the veterans," she said.

"They always like to show their respect for the people who fought for us."

Former Australian Defence Force member and National Serviceman Errol Williams was also excited to march.

"I joined the National Service when I was 18," he said.

"We were prepared for conflict in the Asia Pacific but never had to go. It was quite exciting though."



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