Veterans lay wreaths in honour of the fallen.
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Spirit of Anzac commemorated

MURWILLUMBAH RSL Sub-Branch president Derek Sims had some good news on Anzac Day.

"I've left my speech at home," Mr Sims said.

"So I'm not going to bore you for 20 minutes with it."

He reminded the crowd of the reason behind the ceremony - the landing of Australian soldiers at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli, on April 25, 1915.

"From their courage and indomitable spirit arose what we call the spirit of Anzac.

"The main thing we celebrate is the loss of all those who died to give us the freedom we enjoy today."

The sun emerged from behind thin cloud to bathe about 2000 gathered; some watching from the second and third floor car parks overlooking the memorial.

For the past seven years high school students have lead the service.

Eloise Smith, Inderteet Metla, Matilda Walton and Rhys Hinds from Murwillumbah High School spoke.

"We are assembled here to commemorate the immortal day," Eloise and Inderteet read.

"When the young men of Australia, by their deeds and sacrifice, demonstrated to the world at Gallipoli that Australia was truly a nation.

"Let us take strength in the knowledge and hope that our sons and daughters will never forget the example set by their forbearers.

"Therefore, let us mourn with pride, but let us also remember with equal pride, those who served and still live.

"We hear them say 'See that you hold fast the heritage we left you. Yes and teach your children that never in the coming centuries may their hearts fail or their hands grow weak'."



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