RESPECT: This elderly gentleman was helped to his feet for the formal section of the ceremony.
RESPECT: This elderly gentleman was helped to his feet for the formal section of the ceremony. Scott Sawyer

Dawn Service a display of respect

THOUSANDS made the pilgrimage to Cotton Tree Park yesterday morning.

It was cold and windy. But that was far from the minds of those in attendance, who set aside their own circumstances to pay tribute to those gone before at the Dawn Service.

Rousing renditions of both the New Zealand and Australian national anthems from the Buderim Male Choir helped warm the masses.

Royal Australian Air Force Wing Commander (retired) Phil Andrews took to the stage later in the morning, at the main service, to retell the Anzac story.

Tellingly, barely a murmur was heard during both services.

The swishing of horse tails and chirping of birds the only sounds, interrupted briefly by an RAAF flyover.

Respect was the order of the day and the Maroochydore crowd delivered it in spades. Smiles from some, tears from plenty, but solemn gratitude from all.

"I'm very pleased and humbled to see the increase in numbers in those attending this service," Maroochy RSL president Michael Liddelow said.

The Anzacs clearly still live on in Maroochydore.


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