OPINION: Anzac spirit shines for Gallipoli anniversary

IN A fitting tribute to those who made immense sacrifices for our freedom, Ipswich turned out in force to mark the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings.

Record crowds attended dawn services across the region on Saturday as the nation paused to recognise those who fought and died in service of our nation.

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Residents young and old reflected on moving stories of courage, sacrifice and mateship - the powerful values emerging from the Gallipoli campaign that have shaped Australia's identity.

The main public march in Ipswich and commemoration service at the North Ipswich Reserve attracted thousands of people, with many young faces among the crowd.

A record crowd also attended the Goodna dawn service for a re-enactment of the landing at Gallipoli in 1915, while there were similar increases in the number of people attending Anzac Day services in rural areas.

The strong show of support from the Ipswich community, including younger generations, reflects the city's commitment to honouring this defining event and the brave servicemen and women who contributed.

Anzac Day 2015 holds special significance in Australian history and it will be one Ipswich will always remember.