ANZAC DAY: The  honour guard at the Tewantin Anzac Day dawn service.
ANZAC DAY: The honour guard at the Tewantin Anzac Day dawn service. Peter Gardiner

Good changes to ANZAC service at Tewantin

IT WON'T be the familiar and haunting sounds of the bugle at this year's ANZAC dawn service in Tewantin, but something just as poignant: the moving sound of a violin.

"We are doing the Dawn Service differently this year," Mick Reid, Tewantin Noosa RSL President said. "We will have a young lady from Good Shepherd Lutheran College doing a violin version."

The Dawn Service is always heavily attended and organisers are expecting a large turn-out of about 2000 this year.

"We will go down to the cemetery after a break." Mr Reid said. "We are one of only four in Australia that has a memorial cemetery. The veterans will go down there. It can be very moving. Then we will be back for the 10am parade.

"This year we have a Light Horse parade. They will be leading and carrying the flags."

The official part of the day will take place at Tewantin Square with Independent State Member for Noosa Sandy Bolton taking to the podium.

"It's always a big day," Mr. Reid said. "The veterans and guests adjourn to the Digger's Bar after the official ceremony and the day winds up about 2pm after everyone had told their big stories.

"It's an important day for the veterans we don't see throughout the year, many are older now, the vast majority over 70 and it is becoming more difficult for them to participate. We keep that in mind but we want the kids to get involved to and enjoy the day."


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