Gallipoli ballot success is thrilling for Bay veterans

ALF'S message is clear - "please don't forget".

Hervey Bay veterans Alfred Dennis and his wife Mary are two of 10,500 people selected to attend the Anzac Centenary Service in Gallipoli in 2015.

Alf, whose father served in the First World War and who himself served in World War Two, said it was an honour and a thrill to be selected to attend.

"To go and stand on the hills and look to the beach next year and see where my father was 100 years ago, well, it brings tears to my eyes," he said.

"It doesn't matter if I die tomorrow, it is an honour just to be selected."

The event, which takes place on the shores of Gallipoli in Turkey, has had its numbers capped for the special occasion based on advice from the Turkish Government.

Those attending will be made up of 8000 Australians and 2000 New Zealanders with 500 places reserved for official guests from various nations.

Of the 42,273 people who entered the ballot, 24 percent of those who were successful came from Queensland.

Mary, Alf's wife of 70 years, also served in the Second World War and said she is proud and excited to be attending alongside her husband.

"We were pen-pals during the war and married just 10 days after we met in person," she said.

"After 70 years of marriage, we don't want to be apart now."



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