Anzac legend gains strength
PEOPLE should be asked no more than to protect their country from an enemy, Tweed Heads and Coolangatta RSL Sub-Branch secretary Dr John Griffin says.
"Anzac Day is a day of reflection by the community and, in particular, those that have put on the military uniform of our country," he said.
"Then it is focused on those that gave their lives either by death or injury that didn't allow them to come back to a normal life.
"And it is for the families of people who have served, or are currently in service.
"It is a time in which everyone can reflect in their own way."
The sub-branch's members agreed the Anzac legend was stronger each year, as evidenced by about 900 children who march in its service.
Dr Griffin said many years would pass before Prime Minister Julia Gillard's plan to withdraw most troops next year could be proven wisdom or folly. He said if world peace had a hope, it lay with the United Nations.
"The nature of this world is that there's going to be conflict somewhere or another, and the best defence we have is the UN.
"It's the best we've come up with so far."
Anzac Day's 100th anniversary in 2015 may see some changes to its standard structure, Dr Griffin said.
"Other than that it runs the same way all the time, and that's what the community respects."
Burringbar marches from the Old Bakery at 8.45am;
Cudgen's dawn service from 4.28am at the Collier St Cenotaph;
Kingscliff's dawn service is 6am at the cenotaph;
Pottsville marches from the oval at 7.45am to the community hall;
Murwillumbah holds its dawn service 5.10am at the Westpac Bank, Main St;
Tumbulgum's memorial gates host a 4.28am dawn service;
Tweed Heads-Coolangatta's dawn service is at Chris Cunningham Park, Wharf St, 5.45am;
Tyalgum's memorial hosts a 5.15am dawn service;
Uki's memorial 4.20am dawn service at the memorial.