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IPSWICH locals from all walks of life gathered together at the Soldiers' Memorial Hall this morning to spread a united and simple message - thank you.

The commemorations began at 4.27am with a moving speech from president of the Ipswich RSL Sub-Branch, Phil Gilbert OAM, who served in the Second World War.

"Our men and women of the Army, Navy and RAAF have served all over the world," he said.

"You want to protect your country and freedom is what we truly fought for.

"Today I always think about the people that didn't come back, the names of the many that were lost will never be forgotten.

"Anzac Day is a time to remember the soldiers and nurses who fought for our freedom."

Large crowds also made their way to the dawn services held at the Honour Stone at Bundamba and the Ipswich Adventist School in Brassall.



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Anzac Day Dawn Service at Goodna with a re-enactment of the landing at Gallipoli in 1915 with the the Brisbane River in the background. A record crowd of 5000 attended the ceremony.

Posted by Cr Paul Tully on Friday, April 24, 2015