The Anzac spirit was alive throughout Queensland today in preparation for the national day of remembrance.

This year, Premier Campbell Newman is focusing on young Australians to carry on the Anzac tradition.

Lucy Emlyn-Jones reports.


This morning the students of Oakleigh State School in Ashgrove remembered the sacrifice of our armed forces.

Premier Newman attended the early Anzac service, and announced a new competition for Queensland high school students.

The LNP has earmarked one million dollars between 2013 to 2015, for students to develop a mulitmedia presentation and be one of 50 to be rewarded with a rare experience.

Campbell Newman, Qld Premier: “It will give students the opportunity to go to either Gallipoli or the Western Front as a reward for their contribution in keeping the legend and spirit of Anzac alive.”

President of the Gaythorne RSL Merv Brown says part of their Anzac Day preparation has been enagaing children through a writing competition.

Merv Brown, Gaythorn RSL President: “We have children write in and ask what they thought the values were for the Veterans of Gallipoli.”

The Vietnam veteran believes the current situation in Afghanistan and Iraq has introduced the realities of war to younger generations.

Merv Brown, Gaythorn RSL President: “It is so real. It is their parents serving currently and it has opened their eyes to the true meaning of Anzac.”

Tomorrow, for the first time, Queenslanders can also legally enjoy a game of two-up at venues like the Fox Hotel in West End.

The sound of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra will ring in another ANZAC Day with a free concert here at the Suncorp Piazza tonight.

Lucy Emlyn-Jones, QUT News.