The nation remembers

Three generations Paul Rayner, Arch Ferguson and Tim Rayner get together after the service.
Three generations Paul Rayner, Arch Ferguson and Tim Rayner get together after the service. Geoff Potter

THE crowds at Tewantin Noosa Anzac Day ceremonies exceeded the expectations of organisers.

The dawn service, thought to have attracted the largest crowd in its history, was followed by the morning service attended by local school students, service people, their families, friends and community.

Flocks of white cockatoos flew through the overcast sky as the crowd listened to the moving ceremony and watched the march past by men and women who served our country.

Those who had fallen were honoured as school and community groups laid wreaths at the cenotaph in commemoration of their dedication and brave spirit.

The service was marked by the flight of a Royal Australian Air Force Fighter Bomber F18 Hornet

Afterwards the Diggers bar filled with uniform-clad people and those who, for this special day brought out and wore ribboned medals.

At one table, three generations met up for their annual get-together in honour of those who had fallen.

Second World War veteran, 92-year-old Arch Ferguson, flew up from Warrnambool, Victoria, to share the day with his son-in-law Paul Rayner and grandson Lance Corporal Tim Rayner from Tewantin.

Mr Ferguson was a gunner on the legendary Catalina flying boats. The Catalinas played an important role in the war, most notably in the sinking of the Bismarck in 1941. He also did service in New Guinea.

Mr Ferguson's son-in-law Paul Rayner was in the infantry when he went to East Timor in a peacekeeping role in 2006-07.

The youngest serving member of the family, 26-year-old LC Tim Rayner, also performed peacekeeping duties in the Solomon Islands in 2007.

The service was marked by the flight of a Royal Australian Air Force F18 Hornet.

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