Record numbers at Anzac services
RECORD attendance at Anzac Day services across Ipswich showed that although 100 years have passed since the Gallipoli landing, the gratitude we have for Anzacs has not faded.
Vietnam veteran Ian "Spike" Dainer said he was proud of how much interest young people had taken in Anzac Day commemorations.
"People would tell me in the 70s that Anzac Day would die out and people would forget about us," he said.
"Now it's the Centenary of Anzac and just look at how many people came out on Saturday."
Mayor Paul Pisasale said record numbers at the City of Ipswich Anzac Day Parade made him proud to live in a "defence city".
"Ipswich is a defence city and we've shown it today," he said.
"The true achievement (of Gallipoli) was Australia's determination and courage that gave birth to our nation as it is today.
"When you see someone in a uniform in Ipswich, don't forget to say, 'thank you for your service'."
Second World War veteran Phil Gilbert OAM led an emotional dawn service at the Soldiers' Memorial Hall, where hundreds of locals braved the chilly weather to pay their respects.
"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.
"We are always well supported in Ipswich."
Record crowds were seen at services throughout the city, with more than 5000 people attending the re-enactment of the landing at Gallipoli held at dawn in Goodna on Saturday.