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Highlights from Anzac Day across the Clarence Valley

Grafton Memorial Service

THE FUTURE of the Anzac services is in good hands judging from the efforts of the four speeches from school children delivered at the 2016 service in Grafton.

Grafton High School student Ryan Moore, Hope Endean, from Grafton Public School, Maddison Osborne from Westlawn Public School and McCauley Catholic College student Lucy Bindon delivered comemmoration addresses at the 101st Anzac Day in Grafton's Memorial Park yesterday.

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There are no World War One diggers and not many World War Two veterans to tell their stories now, but young people are filling the breach.

>> FULL STORY: The future of the Anzac Services is in good, young hands

Yamba Memorial Service

"AUSTRALIA is not a lucky country, but it is a blessed country."

The words of Reverend Allen were heard by hundreds across the Main Beach cenotaph at Yamba's ANZAC memorial service this morning.

"It seems to me luck is a fluke, it happens by chance; luck has nothing to do with skill of passion or desire or sacrifice," he said.

"This morning as we march, remember and commemorate, I want to say to you that luck has nothing to do with this great country we live in."

As he spoke a number of servicemen, current, ex and returned, stood proudly behind him.

Check out the photos from today's Anzac Day Memorial Service in Yamba:

Super hornet puts on display for Iluka service

THE roar of the The Royal Australian Air Force's super hornet could be heard across the Lower Clarence yesterday as former Iluka boy Glenn Braz gave his community an Anzac Day display to remember.

As group captain of the F/A-18F Super Hornet fleet based in Brisbane, Air Commodore Braz and his pilots conducted about 40 flyovers at Anzac Day services in NSW and Queensland.

In a significant nod to his home-town, the pilot made sure Iluka wasn't missed.

Iluka RSL sub-branch's Brian Thomas said the special flyover was a last-minute, but very welcome, addition to the service, which saw close to 400 people attend.

"It was a great attendance for a small town like Iluka; the dawn service had well over 200 people and 11am service close to 400," he said.

"All over they seem to be getting bigger and bigger every year. There was also a dawn service at Chatsworth Island for the first time in many years."

Maclean Memorial Service

AS THE choir sang the words of ANZAC hymn Shelter at Maclean's cenotaph, an amused smile escaped some of their faces.

The opening lyrics, 'I'm drowning in the sunshine as it pours down from the skies', seemed slightly ironic as the heavens opened up and drenched those without umbrellas.

Thankfully the downpour was short-lived, and the sun did in fact shine down on those who placed a wreath at the Maclean cenotaph during the annual service.

Maclean sub-branch president Kevin Jones OAM said the crowd was huge compared to previous years, bolstered by those attending the Smith family reunion.

"We thought we had a big one for the 100th year last year,," he said.

"Well this is 101 and it's definitely bigger."

For returned serviceman and Maclean John Stubbs, each ANZAC Day service has more meaning than the last.    This year especially, as it marks 50 years since the battle of Long Tan.

"We were sitting and watching a show with Col Joye and Little Pattie... Lucky Grills was the comedian... at Nui Dat, and the next minute over came some of the mortars. The show was abandoned and everybody had to run like hell. It was then when that we knew something was on."

Check out the photos from today's Anzac Day Memorial Service in Maclean:  

History of Anzac Day in the Clarence Valley

The following gallery of historic Anzac Day marches is courtesy of the Clarence Valley Historical Society at Schaeffer House Museum in Grafton.

South Grafton Memorial Service

THE CROWD at the South Grafton Anzac Day Service learnt about a little-known piece of Grafton World War One history courtesy of local historian and poet Darin Clark.

Mr Clark told the little known tale of the North Coast Boomerangs Coo-ee March, which left Grafton on January 18, 1916.

He also read out a poem he had written about the exploits of the young men from the region and how their heroics fitted into Australian military history.

His research revealed the recruiting march which left South Grafton Railway Station with 27 men grew to nearly 10 times that number by the time it wound up in Maitland a month later.

>> FULL STORY: Little known piece of First World War history revealed

 

FLY THE FLAG: President of the South Grafton RSL Sub-Branch Damien Carter shines through an Australian Flag at the South Grafton Anzac Day service.
FLY THE FLAG: President of the South Grafton RSL Sub-Branch Damien Carter shines through an Australian Flag at the South Grafton Anzac Day service. Adam Hourigan

 

 

Tullymorgan Dawn Service

THE overcast skies and drizzling rain did not deter the 190 people that attended the Tullymorgan School Dawn Service on Anzac Day.

Ian Gardam once again conducted the program which began with the Catafalque Party (comprising Glen, Ray, Stan and Alec Cormick) marching across the grounds, to then stand with their heads bowed and their arms (weapon) reversed, facing outward as a symbolic form of respect for those who have fallen.

The eerie morning horizon was broken by the image of the Lone Horseman (Norm Cormick) moving through the crowds.

Following the service, a gunfire breakfast was served to those willing to endure the inclement weather.

65th Anniversary of Kapyong Day 

Invited Korean Veterans (from left) Mick Judge, Ken Geisler, John Fitzpatrick, Snow McClymont and seated Jack Leigh are at the Ramornie Cenotaph with the 24th Army Cadet Unit Grafton during the ANZAC Commemoration service at Ramornie on Sunday, 24th April 2016. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner
Invited Korean Veterans (from left) Mick Judge, Ken Geisler, John Fitzpatrick, Snow McClymont and seated Jack Leigh are at the Ramornie Cenotaph with the 24th Army Cadet Unit Grafton during the ANZAC Commemoration service at Ramornie on Sunday, 24th April 2016. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner Debrah Novak

THE Korean War is sometimes known as the forgotten war, but it was at the forefront of everyone's mind at the Ramornie service yesterday, which commemorated the 65th anniversary of one of the fiercest battles of the conflict, the Battle of Kapyong.

Korean War veteran John Fitzpatrick said he was very pleased to have a service dedicated to Kopyang Day and the Korean War.

"It's not mentioned very often, but the battle was very important to the war, everyone there was a hero," he said.  

>> FULL STORY: Korean War not forgotten at Ramornie service   AT 96 years of age, Henry "Corky" Caldwell was the oldest veteran to attend the Wooli Dawn Service this morning.

Wooli's oldest veteran

ANZAC DAY: Henry
ANZAC DAY: Henry "Corky" Cadwell was the oldest Veteran at the Wooli Dawn Service at 96-years-old. Caitlan Charles

 

After serving in the Middle East from 1941-1943 during World War II, Mr Caldwell came home to the Clarence Valley.

>> FULL STORY: 96-year-old Veteran attends Wooli Service

Yamba dawn service

JESSICA Gunning was among those who saw the sun rise over Yamba Main Beach this morning.

The former Yamba girl serves with the Royal Australian Navy on board HMAS Sirius and got to attend the dawn service with her two grandfathers who served in Vietnam.

At the Yamba Anzac Day dawn service Jessica Gunning (centre) who serves on HMAS Sirius, came back to Yamba to march with her grandfathres Bob Gunning (left) and Bary de Bomfrod, who served in Vietnam.
At the Yamba Anzac Day dawn service Jessica Gunning (centre) who serves on HMAS Sirius, came back to Yamba to march with her grandfathres Bob Gunning (left) and Bary de Bomfrod, who served in Vietnam. Adam Hourigan

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South Grafton dawn service gets Anzac Day underway

ITS power possesses us to wake even before the dawning of the sun.

We rise, dress and put on our game face.

What other day of the year could possibly motivate us all to do this? It's not even a work day.

Yet, together we stand for this one day each year.

>> RELATED: Two contrasting patriotic celebrations took place in the one park in South Grafton last night

One hundred years since the Battle of the Somme, bugler Garrett Salter welcomed another Anzac Day as citizens paid their respects at the South Grafton pre-dawn service.

And so Anzac Day began for 2016...

Dawn services were also held at Grafton, Iluka, Harwood, Yamba, Tullymorgan, Lawrence and Maclean.

>> Schedule of Anzac Day events for the Clarence Valley

 

Maclean cenotaph at 0600 hours during the Maclean Anzac Day Dawn Service on Monday, 25th of April, 2016. Photo: Brittany Pye
Maclean cenotaph at 0600 hours during the Maclean Anzac Day Dawn Service on Monday, 25th of April, 2016. Photo: Brittany Pye Bill North
 

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