Hundreds gather for Anzac Day dawn services across Ipswich
HUNDREDS of residents paid their respects at dawn and morning services across Ipswich this morning.
The service at the Bundamba Honour Stone was one of the biggest ever held at the with people spilling out onto
Brisbane Rd and gathered all around the memorial site.The commemorations began at 4.15am when beat of a drum could be heard.
A march, lead by the horns and drums of the Salvation Army Citadel band, made its way along Brisbane Rd to the Honour Stone.
There the marching veterans joined awaiting crowd for the 4.27am service.
With the honour stone lit up the crowd was addressed by RAAF Sergeant Michael Fitzgerald who spoke of the importance of Anzac Day and the hope for peace in the future.
"Today is a special day where we remember service personnel and civilians of every nation who suffered and continue to suffer through war," he said.
"It's a time to reflect on Australia's commitment to continue to contribute to peace in other parts of the world. We cannot isolate ourselves from these responsibilities."
Sgt Fitzgerald said Anzac Day wasn't a time to celebrate war, but to remember those lost and hope for peace in the future.
"Some say this day glorifies war, but every veteran will be the first to say their greatest wish and most fervent prayer is that their children and this nation may never have to witness the horrors of war again."
A big crowd also made their way to the Goodna dawn and morning ceremonies held at the memorial stone on the corner of Queen and Church streets.