Jim Watts, representing the RAN, lays a wreath at Yamba.
Jim Watts, representing the RAN, lays a wreath at Yamba. Rodney Stevens

Veteran of four wars at Anzac Day

PROUDLY displaying his service medals earned from tours of duty in four wars, Ron Gildersleeve was one of more than 500 people who gathered at the Yamba Cenotaph for yesterday's Anzac Day service.

The veteran of World War II, the Korean War, The Malayan War and the Vietnam War said he had attended an Anzac Day service wherever he was over the past 50 years.

“Anzac Day is a day of remembrance for me and respect for those who made the Anzac legend possible,” he said.

Warm sun bathed those who gathered to pay their respects, as the sound of waves breaking at nearby Main Beach took the crowds thoughts back to the heroism and sacrifice of the first Anzacs who landed at Gallipoli 96 years ago.

In his commemoration address, Clarence Valley mayor Richie Williamson touched on the heroic story of Major-General Sir William Holmes, who was tragically killed while escorting the NSW Premier William Holman around the battlefields in 1915.

More than a dozen wreaths were laid by representatives of the Royal Australian Air force, The Royal Australian Navy, the Red Cross, local schools and the Yamba Surf Club.



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