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A large crowd gathered at the Nanango Cenotaph for the Dawn Service

Cr Roz Frohloff attended both the dawn service and the mid-morning event

April 26, 2018

A large crowd gathered at Nanango’s Cenotaph on Wednesday morning to greet the dawn and remember in silence the sacrifices made on Turkish shores just over 100 years ago.

The traditional Anzac Day Dawn Service followed early morning fellowship at Taras Hall for Nanango RSL Sub-Branch members and their families, visiting veterans and other ex-defence personnel.

Veterans then marched the short distance to the Cenotaph where local residents were already assembled.

After a short ceremony, the public were then invited to accompany the veterans back to Taras Hall for a “gunfire breakfast” of savoury mince and damper.

With brekkie dusted off, the vets headed to Nanango Cemetery to place poppies on war graves before assembling alongside a number of Nanango community groups in Howlett Lane for the main parade to the Cenotaph.

Guest speaker at the morning service was Flight Sergeant Trent Oldham, from Borneo Barracks at Cabarlah.

Students from local schools also shared the World War I service histories of several former Nanango residents.

[All photos by Clive Lowe Photography. More photos from the Nanango and Yarraman commemorations will be available on his website]

Army cadets stand guard at the Nanango Cenotaph during the Dawn Service

Cadets and recruits from 177 ACU Nanango carried the flags at the head of the street parade

Nanango Scouts line up for the march … Markia, Jordyn, Darcy, James, Jai, Pauline, Jayden, Ethan and Lotus.

Nanango State School first graders were feeling patriotic Kerry Veneran, Judy Forster and Karen Clegg were making sure that the World War I nurses wouldn’t be forgotten

The parade begins its journey to the Nanango Cenotaph

177 ACU Cadets formed the catafalque party at the Cenotaph

Nanango State School captains read the WWI service record of Private Hughie Albion

St Mary’s Catholic College student Charlotte Piper reads the WWI service record of Private George Aitken

Nanango State High School captains Anekah Hinchcliffe and Mitch De Weers read the service record of Private Percy Miles

St Patrick’s student leader Mikayla-Jayde Evans reads the WWI service record of Private Leonard Abraham

Guest speaker at the morning service was Flight Sergeant Trent Oldham, from Borneo Barracks at Cabarlah

Representatives from Nanango QAS lay a wreath at the Cenotaph

Nanango police at the Nanango service … from left, Constable Tamika Wilson, Sergeant Brett Smith and Constable Jennie Bridge with Cr Roz Frohoff

Nanango QFES members laid a wreath at the Anzac Day commemoration

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Yarraman

Yarraman residents held their traditional Dawn Service on Anzac Day at the Cenotaph in Memorial followed by a pilgrimage to war service graves in Yarraman Cemetery.

They then re-assembled mid-morning for a march down the highway to the memorial for a commemorative service and wreath-laying ceremony.

The morning was topped off by a community lunch at the Memorial Hall.

Yarraman P-9 students students line up behind their banner for the Anzac Day parade

Yarraman & District Kindergarten children get ready for the parade

Yarraman RSL Ambassador Jhavana Perren awaits her driver for the parade

Yarraman P-9 school captain Thai Lia Currell with Diggers from World War II, Korea and Vietnam

Thai Lia Currell and  Jhavana Perren read the Yarraman Anzac Day dedication

Don Joseph, centre, was the oldest veteran at the Yarraman service … Don will turn 90 in a couple of weeks

Toowoomba councillor Megan O’Hara Sullivan at the Yarraman service

Yarraman’s 2018 Anzac Day parade briefly stopped traffic on Toomey Street (D’Aguilar Highway)

Yarraman firefighters turned out in force for the commemoration

Yarraman RSL president Todd Currell read the Ode

A large crowd gathered around the memorial in Toomey Street

[All photos by Clive Lowe Photography]


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