ANZAC WRAP UP: Sunshine Coast commemorates Anzac Day 2016
- BUDERIM DAWN SERVICE
- BUDERIM MAIN SERVICE
- CALOUNDRA DAWN SERVICE
- CALOUNDRA MAIN SERVICE
- COOLUM DAWN SERVICE
- COTTON TREE DAWN SERVICE
- COTTON TREE MAIN SERVICE
- KAWANA SERVICE
- MALENY SERVICE
- MOOLOOLABA DAWN SERVICE
- MUDJIMBA DAWN SERVICE
- NAMBOUR DAWN SERVICE
- NAMBOUR MAIN SERVICE
- TEWANTIN DAWN SERVICE
10.30am: BARNEY the 29-year-old Waler is ready for his last Anzac Day parade with his owner Terry Murphy.
Alongside were the grandchildren of Ian Smith, who was the oldest member of the Maleny Light Horse until his death three years ago.
10.30am: WITH sprigs of rosemary pinned to their chest, the legacy of those serviceman and women who made the ultimate sacrifice, are being remembered at the main Anzac Day service in Kawana.
The light drizzle of rain isn't dampening the spirits as crowds gather at the grassed area opposite Pacific Boulevard.
The march will begin at 10:40am, followed by the Catafalque Party.
Brightwater State School will perform Lest We Forget.
Kawana Waters State College will read the ANZAC Poem.
KAWANA residents have assembled at the war memorial ahead of Anzac Day commemorations.
The main service begins at 11am.
9.35am: THE wreath laying has been completed and the crowd remains silent and respectful.
Earlier, retired RAAF Wing Commander Phil Andrews recounted the story of the Anzacs, and reminded those gathered of the importance the Anzacs played in shaping the fabric of the nation.
9am: SILENCE has once again started to descend on Cotton Tree as the Anzac Day main service nears its start.
8.15am: THE jeeps are filled here on Memorial Ave and the band has warmed up ready to march with plenty of people young and old out to watch.
9.30am: RETIRED navy officer Captain Richard McMillan addressed this morning's service in Buderim.
He spoke of the progress and losses of the campaign one year after the Gallipoli landing.
Captain McMillan also spoke of the importance of marking Anzac Day and the first commemorations held in Brisbane on this day 100 years ago.
9.10am: MANY of the thousands of people who lined the streets have made their way onto the Buderim Mountain State School grounds for the morning service.
Some of those who regularly attend the Buderim Anzac Day March have called it the biggest turnout they have seen.
8.30am: THERE are thousands of school children marching through Buderim this morning in honour of those who landed at Gallipoli 101 years ago.
10.15am: CROWDS are filing out of Quota Park.
Initial estimates place the number of people at the morning service were above 4000.
The grassed area was at capacity and people were backed out into the street and up to the playground.
Clive Palmer was stopped numerous times on his way out of the park to get photos with school students.
He said Anzac Day was a time of unity among the Australian people and we should continue to uphold that solidarity when faced with the difficult issues.
9.45am: THE wreath laying ceremony has begun led by Steve Pallott and Robert Lawson followed by Peter Wellington and Clive Palmer.
9.30am: AIR Commander Rob Lawson, born and raised in Nambour, said the community of Nambour were not strangers to the sacrifices and emotional pain of war.
"Many Nambour families, past and present, have a proud tradition of family members having served in many conflicts," he said.
"On this Anzac Day, we should rightfully remember all of those Australians who have marched, flown or sailed off to far away places to never see another Australian Dawn," Air Cmdr Lawson said.
The introduction of the hymn Abide by Me was briefly interrupted by the flyover of a Wirraway aircraft.
Undeterred, the band have carried on with the moving music.
9.05am: THE parade has kicked off with a large round of applause as vehicles roll past.
Thousands of people have converged on Quota Memorial Park with hundreds of school students, scout groups and the Red Cross among the marching in solidarity with past and present servicemen and women.
They entered Quota park to the tune of Waltzing Matilda and everyone is settling into place ready for the service to commence.
Special guests at today's service include Peter Wellington, Clive Palmer, reviewing officer Air Commodore Robert Lawson and his sister sergeant Elizabeth Lawson.
8.30am: PEOPLE of all ages are lining Ann St at Nambour in anticipation of the Anzac parade.
Some have been sitting on the kerb for more than half an hour. Others have brought their own camping chairs.
9am: HUNDREDS have lined the streets as the Caloundra veterans March takes place.
They are gathering in the memorial gardens at the Caloundra RSL to commemorate and unveil the gardens.
8am: THOUSANDS attended the dawn service on the beach at Mooloolaba.
Guest speaker Major Peter Rodgers, retired from the RAF, spoke to the gathered masses about what lay ahead of the Anzacs after the troops were withdrawn from Gallipoli.
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WELL before dawn's first light, in chilly and blustery conditions, a crowd of more than 1500 began gathering in the dark for Mudjimba's only Anzac Day service of the day.
Falling numbers in the ranks of RSL sub-branch membership are slowly stripping the human resources needed to run both a dawn and morning service in the North Shore village ahead of what had been in days past a huge gathering at the Mudjimba RSL.
A turnout ranked as one of the largest seen in Power Memorial Park, however made clear the public's appetite has not diminished for this annual remembrance of those who had served and died.
Master of Ceremonies David Sunderland RAN, rtd, separated the ineptness of the Gallipoli campaign's planning from the actions of young Australian and New Zealand servicemen, reminding the audience many were no older than the
Year 12 students and first-year apprentices in the community.
He said their courage, mateship and larrikinism allowed them to survive that first morning of 1915 when more than 2000 lives were lost in the fight to gain little more than a kilometre of land, a distance he put at less than that to Old Woman Island.
Mr Sunderland said the traits that came to the fore that first morning on Gallipoli are still held strong not only by those who have fought in the subsequent battles of the Second World War, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan but also by ordinary people in the community who reached out helping hands to others.
He singled out for special mention life savers who patrol the beach behind the Mudjimba Cenotaph for their efforts.
While veterans and their families made their way back to the Mudjimba RSL for early breakfasts, the large crowd headed towards the beach to watch the sun rise.
Even a boardwalk doubled in size from that a year ago proved inadequate with people spilling down and along the sand.
8am: PROUD five-year-old Aussie Indi Summer Driver sat on the broad shoulders of her dad, former British Air Force airman Chris, and honoured the Anzac spirit in the chill pre-dawn at the Tewantin Noosa cenotaph.
Those broad shoulders of Chris Driver, who served in Iraq in 1996, were held back straight with pride, knowing that this moment in his adopted country of 14 years is "the best thing in the world".
For the first time, the whole Driver family were together for the Tewantin dawn service which attracted around 2000 people.
And there is no place Chris, Indi, her mum Sian and 16-year-old brother Kyall would rather be as they paid what appears to be an undying respect from the Noosa community for so much courage and sacrifice.
"I come here every year because I was in air ops in Iraq," Chris said.
"This is Indi's first one (dawn service) and the first one we've all done together, so that's really good.
"I'm very proud of Anzac Day.
"I love the way the Aussie's observe it, it's the best."
He said in the UK they only have a minute's silence on November 11 for Remembrance Day.
If anyone could match Chris's sheer passion for Anzac Day, it would have to be Noosaville's Helen Ainsworth.
She is a fiercely dedicated member of the 5th Light Horse Regiment Troop based in Gympie.
After the dawn service and an Anzac breakfast she was heading to Gympie to ride in the Anzac Day morning service then we go to Gympie to ride today.
Helen said she joined up just over two years ago and just before the ceremony was speaking to some strapping young men in the Tewantin crowd about signing up with her troop.
"We need young men and women to join us," she said.
"I have an absolute passion for this.
"We see ourselves as the guardians who keep the Light Horse alive.
"We teach children about the Light Horse and parade … "it's very true blue."
Helen said her father, Jack Warren, who is now in a nursing home, was a s a Digger who served at Townsville in the Air Force.
Tewantin Noosa RSL Sub-branch deputy president Bruce Huntington spoke, on what is the 100th year of the founding of the Returned Services League, about the Gallipoli landing on April 25, 1915, and the "violent campaign which followed".
"The Anzac tradition was forged, the elements have since inspired an enduring example to later generations of Australians and New Zealanders," Mr Huntington said.
"Each year we pay homage not only to those original Anzac but also to those who died, or were disabled in this service to their country.
"We remember their pride, their courage, companionship. They served on land, sea, air and many places throughout the world.
"We recall staunch friends, allies and especially those first Anzacs.
"May our successors prove worthy of their sacrifices.
"Let us determine to maintain a special day to reflect our freedom."
Dawn service parade commander Paul Jenkinson was pleased to see the large turnout.
"I was a bit surprised actually - there would be a couple of thousand here I think, which is what we normally get," he said.
He was delighted that so many children had turn out for the chilly early morning service with their parents.
"The children really make it (Anzac Day)."
6.25am: RETIRED army officer Major Jim Campbell told those gathered in Buderim Village Park how survival in battle meant working together and looking after each other.
Organisers were a little surprised by the strong turnout for the Buderim Anzac Day Dawn Service.
Maj. Campbell was guest speaker for the event.
The retired army helicopter pilot, who went on to start the Sunshine Coast Helicopter Rescue Service, took the opportunity to focus on the importance of team work.
He said the spirit of looking after each other needed to be fostered in children.
"Bullying wouldn't occur if this occurred," Maj. Campbell said.
"It's interesting I have found that bullies don't perform well in battle.
"It is the spirit of looking after each other that survives."
Crowd members took the time to inspect the wreaths after the service before dispersing.
Those taking part in the Buderim Anzac Day March are asked to assemble in the Woolworths supermarket car park from 8am.
4.58am: A CROWD is in place ready for the start of the Buderim Dawn Service.
The view over the Coast is spectacular.
COTTON TREE DAWN SERVICE
6.20am: SERVICE goers chilled by the blustery winds this morning were seeking refuge at nearby Mio Spazio Café in Cotton Tree after this morning's Anzac Day Dawn Service.
The café was filling fast after this morning's Dawn Service wrapped up, as thousands dispersed from the park where the memorial was held, with many stopping in for a warm cuppa after ignoring the cold to pay their respects in the darkness this morning.
6am: THEIR dulcet tones powered through the blustering winds this morning to help mark another emotional Anzac Day.
The Buderim Male Choir teamed up with the Buderim Concert Band to help commemorate the 101st anniversary of the Gallipoli landing.
Warming up the crowd who had gathered in darkness before the 4.28am service start, the choir also delivered rousing renditions of the New Zealand and Australian national anthems.
Buderim Male Choir secretary Rod Strachan said the group had been focused for the past few weeks on today's performances (they will be back later this morning for the main service starting from 8am) and were privileged to be able to take part in the memorial services.
"We performed here last year at the special centenary service," Mr Strachan said.
"We've got some members of the choir who are in fact veterans as well."
Having performed the famous In Flanders Fields at last year's special service, Mr Strachan said the group had been invited to once again perform the powerful song.
He said the number of young people attending services was also pleasing.
"We're all impressed by the number of young people that attend Anzac Day services," he said.
"We practice every week to be prepared for such occasions and for the last few weeks we've been looking at the songs we're singing here today."
Sixteen of the 22 choir members were in full voice this morning, while the concert band sent those who'd gathered for the service home with a boisterous performance of Waltzing Matilda, warming up to what will be another well-attended service later this morning.
4.55am: The Cenotaph has been cleared and the community have laid a few wreaths as Maroochy RSL president Michael Liddelow prepares to give his closing remarks.
Thousands will make their way home now, after braving chilling breezes to remember fallen servicemen and women.
4.50am: The Buderim Male Choir are now leading those gathered in the national anthems, with a stirring rendition of the New Zealand national anthem to start off.
4.40am: The Federal Member for Fairfax, Clive Palmer, has joined those gathered to pay their respects, laying a wreath in memorial this morning.
4.35am: Maroochy RSL president Michael Liddelow says we can honour those fallen in our behaviour every day.
He's this morning paid tribute to those who gave their lives and those they left behind.
"By committing ourselves to live lives worthy of their sacrifice," Mr Liddelow told those gathered.
4.25am: THOUSANDS have gathered at Cotton Tree cenotaph this morning for today's Anzac Day Dawn Service.
CALOUNDRA DAWN SERVICE
7.15am: A STIRRING rendition of The Last Post rang out across the thousands of people gathered for the Caloundra Dawn Service.
A cold, rainy morning saw the sun rise behind the Cenotaph as the spirit of the Anzac dawned.
Master of ceremonies Pat O'Keefe welcomed the crowd and said it was one year since the centenary was commemorated.
He welcomed guest speaker Captain John Cowan who spoke of veterans and the courage they shared.
He said the veterans who stood among the crowd today would be long gone within a decade but their memory and legacy would live on.
Pastor Arthur Fry acknowledged the many young faces in the crowd.
He asked those under 18 to raise their hands.
"I'm so pleased to see them," he said.
"It assures us, while you are showing an interest, it (the legacy) will continue."
Students, RSL members, veterans, local member and councillors laid wreaths.
The veterans March will start at the Stockland shopping centre car park at 9am.
Form up is at 8:30am.
5.30am: THE service is underway at Lions Park, Kings Beach. As well as honouring servicemen and women, the Caloundra RSL Sub-Branch will mark 70 years since its formation, and the 100th anniversary of the RSL movement.
COOLUM DAWN SERVICE
7.25am: THE official ceremony is complete and family, friends and returned servicemen and women are gathering for a BBQ breakfast.
Among them are Jim Husband OAM, from Coolum and Lew Macleod from Tewantin.
6.10am: THE wreath-laying ceremony is underway at the Coolum dawn service.
5.55am: Coolum-Peregian RSL Sub-branch's Ray Tuni opens the service and welcomes those gathered this Anzac Day dawn.
He said Australians would always proudly remember and honour those who served and were lost.
5.41am: A LARGE group marched into the official area led by the Coolum High School drummers.
A lone piper played a lament and children's voices sung waltzing Matilda to open the Coolum dawn service.
5.20am: OFFICIAL guests and large crowds are are gathering at the Coolum dawn service.
NAMBOUR DAWN SERVICE
5.55am: NAMBOUR Christian College students sing Remember The Hero in perfect harmony, captivating the growing crowd at the Anzac dawn service at Nambour.
5.45am: NAMBOUR RSL president Steve Pallott thanked the servicemen and women past and present without whom he said we would not have the freedoms to enjoy our lives.
5.10am: ABOUT 500 people have gathered in the blustery morning at Nambour's Quota Memorial Park to see in Anzac Day.