MAIN PARADE: School children walked alongside the diggers in a sea of medals and flags at Hervey Bay's main Anzac Day parade. 

The veterans were applauded by the crowd of thousands as they entered Freedom Park just before 10am. 

Decorated Vietnam veteran Joel King said the day reminded him of the past veterans who gave their lives and wouldn't be forgotten. 

"It (war) had a toll on their minds," Mr King said. 

Mr King's grandfather fought in WWI and his father was a rat of Tobruk. 

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Anzac Day march in Hervey Bay to Pialba's Freedom Park.
Anzac Day march in Hervey Bay to Pialba's Freedom Park.

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DAWN SERVICE: THE legend of the Anzac spirit lived on as thousands turned up to the dawn service in Hervey Bay to remember those who fought and continue to fight for our country.

Crowds lined the streets to watch servicemen and women, their families and friends and members of the community march from the RSL to Freedom Park where the dawn service began just after 5.15am.

Anzac Day - Hervey Bay dawn service. RSL Sub-Branch Vice President Toby Tidyman with the ANZAC Flame ready to join the parade to Freedom Park. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Anzac Day - Hervey Bay dawn service. RSL Sub-Branch Vice President Toby Tidyman with the ANZAC Flame ready to join the parade to Freedom Park. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle Alistair Brightman

The children of Kawungan State School sang a song dedicated to those who fought for our country before a prayer was read by a former student from Xavier Catholic College, Giorgia Kilpatrick, who won the Anzac Centenary scholarship. 

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The touching prayer, dedicated to honour the Anzac's endurance and mateship, qualities we all still share today as Australians, set the tone for the service before the wreaths were laid by community leaders.

The last post  was played and a minute's silence before the final words, we will remember them.

Lest we forget.



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