Ron Page - one of the last surviving veterans of World War II in the region.
Ron Page - one of the last surviving veterans of World War II in the region. David Nielsen

Second World War veteran praises kids taking up Anzac spirit

MORE than 1000 turned out for Anzac Day services at Goodna with people of all ages and nationalities paying tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Among them was Ron Page - one of the last surviving veterans of World War II in the region.

Mr Page, 97, said it was pleasing to see so many people turn up to pay their respects.

He said one of the greatest things for him was to see so many young people at the service.

"Anzac Day is sacred to all Australians," he said.

"It is bloody marvellous to see so many young kids here this year, especially the cadets and school kids.

"This country and Anzac Day are in very good hands."

Deputy mayor Paul Tully said it was one of the biggest turn outs in recent memory apart from last year's 100th anniversary.

He said the dawn service was also extremely well attended.

"It is great to see the schools from the area and all the youngsters involved," he said.

"The memorial at the intersection of Church and Queens Sts was illuminated for the first time and looked absolutely magnificent.

"I am going to secure funding from council to ensure it becomes a permanent thing year round.

"It would look great each night driving into Goodna seeing the memorial lit up like that . . . what a fitting tribute it would be."


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