THE region showed its pride in the service of its military personnel yesterday as tens of thousands of people turned out to march, lay wreaths and pay their respects to the fallen, veterans and those still serving.
IN THEIR HONOUR: Tamworth Anzac Day dawn service. Photo: Barry Smith 250416BSA65
From Kootingal to Moree and Tenterfield to Quirindi, in towns big and small, community spirit shone through for dawn services, marches and commemorations across the New England and North West.
Although last year saw the biggest turn outs in most towns and cities, as Australia and New Zealand marked 100 years since the landing at Gallipoli, this year saw plenty of services recording even larger numbers.
This year marks the centenary of the first Anzac Day commemorations, which began a year after the first Gallipoli landings.
The day was not just a time to pay homage to those who served in World War I or the original Gallipoli landings, but a time to reflect on what the Anzac spirit means to modern day Australia and to remember those who served in all wars as well as those currently deployed.
Speakers across the region paidtheir respects to all those who have fought and died and have attempted to put into words what Anzac Day means to them and their communities.
Tamworth main service keynote speaker Australian Defence Force Basic Flying Training School commanding officer Wing Commander Leigh Dunnett, while focused on the beginnings of the Anzac spirit and what it means to contemporary veterans and currently serving personnel, also put a local spin on current deployments.
Australia had more than 2000 ADF personnel deployed on operations, many in the Middle East.
Those pilots who are deployed were, not that long ago, enjoying the Tamworth lifestyle, with all ADF pilots completing their basic training in the city.
“The link to Tamworth for these deployments in the Middle East, is that many ADF pilots flying over Iraq were, only several years ago, walking up Peel St in Tamworth as a trainee pilot at my ADF Basic Flying Training School,” he said.
“These young men and women are growing up fast and seeing a lot of operations within months of completing conversion onto operational aircraft types.”
He said these service people committed themselves to the same ideals that the original Anzacs did, those of mateship, honour, courage and resilience.
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