Lower River keeps Anzac tradition alive
THE distinct wail of bagpipes and the authoritative voice of the parade marshall rang out yesterday in Maclean for the traditional Anzac Day parade and memorial service.
People lined both sides of River Street and applauded as war veterans and soldiers marched proudly, their heads held high, to remember the Australian men and women who died or fought for their country in war.
Children and families also paraded in honour of loved ones and to help keep the Anzac tradition alive.
After the march the crowd gathered at the Maclean cenotaph for a memorial service to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings.
The service began with the national anthem and was followed by touching words from Maclean Returned Services League sub-branch president Kevin Reid.
"The Anzac tradition is an inspiration to new generations," he said.
"And not just the Anzacs, but all those who died in the name of peace, who showed courage and compassion.
"Today we honour their memory and share the sorrow of those who mourn them."