RSL secretary feels sense of worth at Anzac service
TIARO RSL Sub Branch Secretary Tony Pope changed his Anzac Day service speech at the last minute.
After seeing such a huge crowd the former Royal Australian Naval chief petty officer ad libbed his speech to include the importance of women and families.
"I wanted to add the worth while importance of the women and families in the service and those who were left behind.
"There were women creating aircraft and looking after businesses and families back home and those who were trapped on island in very sad circumstances.
"I think it was definitely well worth mentioning - they also played an integral role during those hard times and it was great to hear that women led a number of parades around the nation."
Sandra Groundwater has been attending the Tiaro dawn service on Anzac Day for the past eight years and was impressed with the public attendance.
"It is just growing each year - I think there was well over 300 people.
Sandra has grandparents and relations who served in the war, some making it home and others not so the growing attendance struck a chord.
Students from Riverside, Bauple, Gundiah and Tiaro laid wreaths and represented their school.
Tony said the service at Tiaro was the best yet.
"It was a wonderful service - I couldn't believe the amount of people," he said.
"We had TS Maryborough navy cadets stand guard - they have just won the best unit in Australia.
"It is great to see our younger generations joining the ceremonies and young veterans numbers are also increasing.
"I feel a great sense of pride and worth when I see the young people taking interest in carrying on this tradition."