Four hundred turn out for Maclean service
By Adrian Miller
With their heads held high and medals glinting in the sun, nearly 100 former soldiers and relatives paraded along River Street, Maclean, on their way to honour the men and women who served Australia in armed conflicts around the globe.
Most were able to make the journey themselves, but for those unable to walk past the adoring crowds waving their Australian flags, 1920s Chevrolet cars were available.
School children, scouts and girl guides marched alongside the soldiers, proving that Anzac Day is alive and well through all generations. More than 400 people attended the mid-morning ceremony at the cenotaph.
Maclean RSL Sub-Branch president Kevin Reid spoke of the importance of the day.
"On this day, above all days, we remember those Australian men and women who died or suffered in the great tragedy of war," he said. "May we and our successors prove worthy of their sacrifice."
The Lower Clarence Community Choir sung 'I am Australian' during the laying of wreaths and pastor Ray McIlwraith spoke of April 25, 1915, as the day Australia came of age as a nation.
A Department of Veterans Affairs worker, who is holidaying in Maclean and attended the ceremony, said he was impressed with the service.
"You don't get anything like that in Canberra," he said.
"You can really see it's importance to the community."