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.

Topics:  anzac day royal australian air force

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Fears he's Lucky last koala in Peregian Beach

UNLUCKY: Lucky by name but eventually not by nature - or our impact on the environment.

Locals saddened by passing of Lucky

Frank Sr was Peregian Beach treasure

DEEPLY RESPECTED: Frank Wilkie Sr loomed large in life at Peregian Beach and in all his life endeavours.

Community and mayor mourn loss of a real leader

Local Partners

Rebel Wilson says she didn’t have to lie to make it

I’M not glamorous, but that doesn’t make me a liar: that’s the message from Rebel Wilson on her second day in the witness box.

All bets on Judah to win battle to become the Voice

Judah Kelly from The Voice.

Judah Kelly is the clear favourite to win the competition.

Kim Kardashian slammed over Manchester tribute

Kim Kardashian's tribute to Manchester didn't go down well

Top Gun 2 movie is happening, Tom Cruise confirms

Tom Cruise in a scene from the movie Top Gun.

TOM Cruise delights fans with announcement on Sunrise.

The first Baywatch movie reviews are in

From left, Jon Bass, Alex Daddario, Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson, Kelly Rohrbach, and Ilfenesh Hadera in a scene from the movie Baywatch.

Critics were less than impressed.

Boyfriend loses it over sex lie

Stacey Louise’s sex lie destroys her relationship.

SEVEN Year Switch’s Stacey told a fib about her sex life.

Why Crowe’s thankful for those ‘bulls**t’ rumours

Russell Crowe and Terri Irwin in 2007.

Crowe and Terri Irwin have been dodging dating rumours for years now

Privacy and views in the heart of Noosa

Immaculate residence in exclusive Noosa Heads gated community

Saddle up for Noosa hinterland horse property

Purpose-built horse complex and residence on cleared 5.26ha

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!