A special lighthorse Anzac display at West Moreton Anglican College on Friday.
A special lighthorse Anzac display at West Moreton Anglican College on Friday. Rob Williams

Groups take a quiet moment before Anzac Day

WELL before the sun rises today, thousands of Ipswich people will have already taken pause to mark one of Australia's most solemn days.

Over the past few days, hundreds more have already bowed their heads and lowered the flags to mark the 100th anniversary of Anzac Day itself.

Ipswich Hospital and West Moreton Anglican College both took time on Friday morning to hold their own annual Anzac Day ceremonies ahead of today's commemorations.

Former veteran John Christiansen led the ceremony at Ipswich Hospital, standing beside an Australian Stock Horse with the traditional reversed boots to represent all those who never came back.

The history of horsemanship also played a major role in WestMAC's annual Anzac Day ceremony on Friday.

A Light Horse battalion performed a flag ceremony and horsemanship display for the students.

Waler breeder Elizabeth Jennings was one of two riders from the Queensland Mounted Infantry Historical Troop to perform in the ceremony, alongside two walers name Gunner and Rida.

The special breed was commonly used by the Australian military in the First World War and named for the state of New South Wales.

Horses like Gunner and Rida were often used in the Light Horse battalions and served across the world with their Australian riders.

Modern walers bred by Ms Jennings are now used as part of equine therapy and have even assisted 21st century soldiers in their recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Click here for details on Anzac Day services being held across the city today.

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