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Showing pride, appreciation

THE one thing that can truly make you proud to be Australian, is Anzac Day.
Nanjing Night Net

It was a truly moving sight to behold.

A sea of faces, both young and old, at yesterday’s main march along Tamworth’s Peel St.

It was just one of dozens of commemorative services to be held across the region on this special day, and all were as well attended as each other.

The crowd, five and 10 deep at times, packed the street – so that getting a clear view, a photograph or video was sometimes difficult.

But certainly no one was complaining.

Everyone was clapping, some with tears in their eyes, full of awe for these men and women who have served us so honourably both overseas and on the home front.

Their ranks may be diminishing, but their fighting spirit well and truly lives on.

And that was obvious in the younger generations that turned out to march yesterday as well.

Some of them were the relatives of veterans and were proudly wearing their medals like they were their own.

Some were remembering mates who sadly never made it home from the battlefield, while others were marching to honour the various service organisations.

Let’s not forget the school children and young adults.

When you consider some of them are as old now as the young men who went to war all those years ago, it’s hard to swallow.

The loss is hard to imagine, for families and the country.

Times have changed, but there’s one thing for certain – we will remember them, the ones who gave their lives for this great country of ours, for the freedoms that we enjoy today.

And we give thanks for their sacrifice now and into the future.

We certainly did yesterday and that’s something we can all be proud of.

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