Hundreds of thousands of Australian veterans and their families are about to commemorate the 104th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli. And it’s begun with services for students.
Tom Robson reports.
On Anzac Day, at dawn, Australians will pause to remember and honour the country’s fallen.
And traditionally before that students pause to pay their respects.
Paul De Jersey, Qld Governor: “ANZAC Day serves as a reminder, a reminder that peace is a precious gift that we should never take for granted. I take great pride is seeing so many young people here today.”
2,500 students from over 60 schools were keen to heed the lesson.
Isabel Jardine, Clayfield Student: “Seeing all these young people here today is so inspiring to me because without all the kids around us it really is hard for the legacy to continue, so to see everyone so passionate and excited to be here means a lot to me.”
Queensland’s leaders repeatedly reinforced the idea of a new group carrying the torch.
Annastacia Palaszczuk, Qld Premier: “The spirit of ANZAC is passed from one generation to the next and the challenge of keeping it alive is now with you.”
This year Queensland’s RSL is particularly proud of the restoration of Anzac square, even though few people were there to see it, because of the holidays.
David Smith, RSL: “Numbers are down a little bit this year because of the positioning with Easter and the start of school and ANZAC Day, but look it’s beautiful weather, we hope it’s not going to rain and it’s gonna be a wonderful experience for the kids.”
For residents wanting to watch the Anzac parade, the best locations are along Adelaide Street between George Street and Creek Street, between 10am and 1pm.
As the old transitions into the new, it seems the message this ANZAC day is the passing of respect and responsibility onto the next generation of Australians.
Tom Robson, QUT News.”