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Nanango's annual Anzac Day march was strongly supported

A large contingent of Vietnam veterans marched at Nanango

A solemn moment at the Nanango war memorial

April 25, 2012

Thousands of South Burnett residents gathered in towns and villages throughout the region today to mark Anzac Day.

Dawn services were held in Kingaroy, Nanango, Blackbutt, Wondai, Proston and Goomeri. Marches were also well-attended.

Nanango’s 9:30am march along Drayton Street to the Memorial featured children from St Patrick’s Catholic School and Nanango State School as well as a strong contingent of returned servicemen, including many Vietnam Veterans who marched behind their own banner. A surprise was a low pass over the parade by an RAAF Hornet on its way to the commemorations at Wondai.

In Kingaroy, students from St Mary’s Catholic College riding club led the 11:00am march, followed by service personnel, schoolchildren, marchers and veterans in vintage vehicles. An historic Warbird saluted the occasion with a flyover of the parade.

Guest speaker – and Master of Ceremonies – in Kingaroy was retiring South Burnett Regional Mayor David Carter in one of his last official duties.

In Murgon, a good crowd turned up to listen to guest speaker, retired Lieutenant-Colonel John Onglay. ¬† Cherbourg police rangers also joined in the march as well as students from St Joseph’s Catholic School.

Wondai’s Anzac Day celebrations were also very well-attended, with many schoolchildren and supporters turning out. Guest speaker was retired Major Peter Coombes. A low – and very fast – pass over Mackenzie Street by the RAAF Hornet thrilled the crowd.

Guest speaker at the Wooroolin ceremony was Deputy Mayor Cr Keith Campbell who spoke to a crowd of about 120.

A large crowd gathered in Drayton Street, Nanango, for the 10:00am service

Don Davey, president of the Kingaroy-Memerambi RSL Sub-Branch, with Mayor Cr David Carter and Kingaroy Women's Auxiliary President Anne Robinson

Wreaths were laid on the catafalque in Kingaroy during the reading of the Roll of Honour

The South Burnett Caledonian Pipe Band helped to keep the marchers in step in Kingaroy

Children from St John's Lutheran School marched proudly in the Kingaroy parade

[CORRECTION: An earlier version of this report indicated the riders were from St John’s Lutheran School, not St Mary’s Catholic College]


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