Emotional tributes to Anzacs in Sunshine Coast dawn services
NAMBOUR 7.15AM: In Nambour, they came in their hundreds to the dawn service, some with heavy hearts to remember relatives forever lost by the ravages of war.
Veterans marched in a parade of honour for the fallen past the Wall of Remembrance carrying the names of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Mums and dads with coffee, toddlers and school children were among those who gathered in sombre reflection of the incredible bravery of young Australians and New Zealanders who fought for the freedoms we enjoy today.
Pastor Kerry Evans told the crowd that Anzac Day, regardless of people's own beliefs, was a spiritual day for Australians.
In his prayer, he compared the sacrifice of soldiers to the death of Christ on the cross.
Nambour State College students performed a beautiful rendition of Dixie Chicks' Travelin' Soldier as well as the New Zealand and Australian anthems.
As the parade marched off after the service, the sight of a young girl smiling as she marched with the grandfather said it all.
The Nambour RSL sub-branch is celebrating 100 years in 2018. It was formed at the end of World War I.
MUDJIMBA 6.30AM: Mudjimba RSL sub-branch was overwhelmed by a massive dawn service crowd numbering well over 1000 people that packed the village's Power Park this morning.
Well before dawn vehicles occupied every available parking space in every street within 500m of the beach which filled with people walking down to the service.
The chirp and warbling of birds competed with the bugle's call as the night gave way to dawn's first light revealing the full extent of the huge crowd.
The 207 Australian Airforce cadets provided the honour guard with students Bernadette and Amalie from Pacific Paradise State School reading an Anzac poem during a service led by Rob Walford of the Mudjimba RSL sub-branch.
The community will return to Power Park at 11am for a memorial service before a lunch for veterans at the Mudjimba RSL.
BUDERIM 6.15AM: Residents and organisers at the Buderim dawn service have shared their joy at seeing strong crowds and an increasing number of young people paying their respects.
A crowd of hundreds gathered at the Buderim Village Park to honour former and current service men and women.
The BWMCA dawn service overlooked a skyline of the Coast the service had an atmosphere of honour and respect.
The crowd was scattered with children and young people and those gathered commented how great it was to see young people embracing the day.
BWMCA Anzac sub-committee chair Drew Miller said there was a strong turnout.
"The numbers are just as strong as last year, if not stronger, and it's great to see the community turning out to honour those who have fought for our country," he said.
MOOLOOLABA 5.50AM: Rowers have cast off from Mooloolaba and held their oars in the air as the Last Post was played, in tribute to those who landed at Gallipoli.
Thousands line the beach near the Mooloolaba Surf Life Saving Club for the dawn service.
CALOUNDRA 5.41AM: Female veterans have taken the opportunity to share their stories on Anzac Day as part of the To the Left campaign.
Royal Australian Air Force squadron leader and C17 pilot instructor Samantha Freebairn addressed the crowd at the Caloundra dawn service.
"I am a veteran of the modern day and I am also a daughter, a sister, a wife and a mum and I am proud to wear my medals on the left," she said.
The To the Left campaign raises awareness against veteran stereotypes, after female and young male veterans reported regular comments from civilians who did not believe they were a veteran.
Veterans wear their medals on the left side of their chest, while veterans' families wear them on the right.
The service took place in the beachfront park area of Kings Beach, but so many people were crammed into the park that a screen showed a live feed at at the Kings Beach amphitheatre as the crowds spilled over into the area.
Caloundra State High School captains read In Flanders Fields, before the Coast Guard laid a wreath to sea in tribute to fallen soldiers.
COTTON TREE 4.40AM: The Buderim Concert Band has welcomed thousands of early risers to the Cotton Tree cenotaph to remember Anzac Day.
Veterans were met by young faces as the crowds drew en masse.
The service began at 4.28am with the raising of the flags and the silence of those commemorating.
The air was solemn and sad, but fill of respect for those had given their lives.
Maroochy RSL president Michael Liddelow began with an address.
4.30AM: Residents across the Sunshine Coast are rising before dawn to pay their respects to Australian soldiers on Anzac Day.
The Daily will cover dawn services in Cotton Tree, Buderim, Mooloolaba and Caloundra, and main services later this morning in Cotton Tree, Buderim, Caloundra, Nambour, Coolum, Beerwah and Cooroy.
Anzac Day dawn services, marches and main services across the region are scheduled as follows:
11.00am Service at Korean War Memorial, Alex Bluff Foreshore Park, Alexandra Parade
4.15am Assemble Turner Park, Turner Street (amenities block)
4.20am March to Cenotaph
4.28am Dawn Service commences (approx. 45-50 mins), followed by tea and coffee in
Beerwah Community Hall
9.15am Assemble Coochin Co-Op (Shell garage area), Simpson Street
9.30am March-off, proceed down Peachester Road, left wheel into Turner Street, salute opposite Post Office, and proceed to Turner Park.
Service begins on arrival of Veterans at the Cenotaph in Turner Park
After Main Service, morning tea in Beerwah Community Hall - all welcome
5.15am Service begins at Buderim Village Park, Church Lane (approx. 30 mins)
8.15am Form-up at Woolworths Car-park
8.30am March-off to the Buderim Mountain State School Oval.
9.00am Service begins, morning tea to follow service.
CALOUNDRA, KINGS BEACH
4.00am Buses leaves Caloundra RSL
5.15am Assemble at Lions Park Kings Beach (BYO Chairs)
5.20am Service begins
6.30am Gunfire Breakfast afterwards at RSL Club
Getting to the event (4am - 5am)
Additional Sunbus services will pick up from Currimundi shopping centre via Dicky Beach car
park to Kings Beach (Moreton Pde) 10 - 15 minute frequency
Additional Sunbus services will pick up from RSL go via Stockland shopping centre bus stop
to Kings Beach (Moreton Pde) 10 minute frequency
Leaving the event (6.15am - 7am)
Buses will depart Moreton Pde as required to Currimundi via Dick Beach car park and
Stockland shopping centre and RSL.
9.00am Step off from Stockland Centre Car park to Oval Avenue, travelling right onto
Nicholls St, left onto Lewis St, left onto Arthur St, left onto Third Avenue and finish at
the Caloundra RSL Memorial Gardens for wreath laying ceremony.
2.00pm ANZAC Day picnic at the Conondale Memorial Park and Recreation Reserve,
Maleny-Kenilworth Road from 2pm to 5pm.
5.10am Assemble at Sea Cove Lane and march to Cenotaph area of Coolum Peregian RSL
grounds (1906 David Low Way) via bicycle path on David Low Way.
5.20am Service begins on arrival of Veterans at Cenotaph
7.30am Assemble between Caplick Park rotunda and Imperial Hotel, service begins
7.50am Community walk starts, walkers halt at Pte A M McIntyre Memorial Tree (opp. Post
8.20am Assemble on grassed area for service at Amphitheatre (approx. 60 mins)
6.00am Assemble Settlers Rotary Park - Information Centre Cenotaph, Reed Street
(approx. 45 mins)
10.45am Assemble on corner of Coonowrin Road and Page Street and march to Glass House
Mountain Community Hall (8 Coonowrin Road)
11.30am Service commences Glass House Mountain Community Hall (approx. 60 mins)
KAWANA WATERS - BUDDINA
5.15am Gather at Kawana Waters Surf Club
5.28am Service begins at Coopers Lookout car park at the War Memorial (approx. 30 mins)
10.30am Assemble grassed area southern end of Kawana Waters Surf Club
10.40am Short Veterans/School children's march
11.00am Service commences (approx. 60 mins)
7.30am Meet at Kenilworth Town Park for breakfast
8.55am Assemble at Kenilworth Town Park for march
9.00am March-off down Charles Street right into Maleny-Kenilworth Road to RSL Memorial,
adjacent to peter Dobson (Dobbo) car park, opposite the Showgrounds.
9.05am Service commences (approx. 50 mins)
4.15am Gather at RSL Park Cenotaph, Landsborough Memorial Park, Cribb St (apx. 45 min)
8.45am Assemble at Landsborough Hotel (30-32 Cribb Street)
9.00am March via Maleny Street to Landsborough School of Arts Hall (485 Old
9.30am Service begins at Landsborough School of Arts Hall (approx. 30 mins)
4.10am Gather at RSL Maleny Sub Branch Memorial Cenotaph
4.28am Service begins, followed by a Gunfire Breakfast.
9.00am Graveside Service - Witta Cemetery on Witta Road
9.45am Hospital Service - Maleny Soldier's Memorial Hospital
10.15am Assemble at Watson's Garage
10.45am Service begins at the RSL Maleny Cenotaph, followed by community lunch and
traditional games at RSL Maleny Memorial Hall - 1 Bunya Street
5.20am Gather at the Village Green, Montville.
5.30am Service begins at Montville Memorial Gates adjacent Montville Hall.
8.45am March from Corner of Wilga Court & Flaxton Drive to Mapleton RSL Memorial Park.
9.00am Service begins, with light refreshments to follow.
4.15am Assemble at Cotton Tree Cenotaph on The Esplanade.
4.28am Service begins
8.00am Marching Parade assembles on Memorial Avenue outside the Sub-Branch.
8.30am March-off to Cenotaph at Cotton Tree
9.00am Service begins on arrival of Veterans at Cenotaph
Road closure: 4am - 10am Memorial Ave between Frist Av and Second Av and The Esplanade
between First Ave and Second Ave
5.00am Assemble Mooloolaba Beach and Mooloolaba Surf Life Saving Club (apx. 50 min)
5.15am Assemble at Power Memorial Park Cenotaph.
5.28am Service begins, with Gunfire Breakfast for Veterans to follow.
10:30am Assemble at the corner of Coolibah St and Mudjimba Beach Rd
10.45am March to the Cenotaph, Power Memorial Park Mudjimba
11:00am Service begins, with Veterans Lunch to follow, RSVP required.
5.15am Service begins at Quota Memorial Park, Matthew St. (approx. 30 mins)
8.45am Assemble at Ann St intersection and Howard St and march to the Wall of
Remembrance, Quota Memorial Park
8.55am Parade commences from Howard St, down Ann St into Matthew St, onto Quota
9.00am Service begins - Quota Memorial Park (approx. 60 mins)
4.15am Gather at the Palmwoods Memorial Hall. Marchers will be directed to assembly
point at end of Town Square.
4.28am Service begins at the Cenotaph at the hall
Following the service a free community breakfast will be held in the hall.
5.30am Assemble at Verrierdale Community Hall, Verrierdale Road, Verrierdale
5.45am Service begins, followed by a Gunfire breakfast.
5.25am Service begins at Woombye Cenotaph in Memorial Park
10.40am Assemble corner of Farrell and Stevens Streets and march to Cenotaph.
11.00am Service begins at Yandina Cenotaph, corner of Stevens and Scott Streets