ANZAC Day ceremonies took place around the region including Mullumbimby, Brunswick Heads and Byron Bay, Bangalow, Lismore, Nimbin and Clunes as people came together to remember those who have served in wars, conflicts and peace keeping operations.
With only a light rain before the dawn service the ceremonies all drew a crowd in their local areas and ‘the number of tributes laid at the (Mullumbimby) cenotaph was greater this year than in the past,’ said Greg Having, treasurer of the RSL Mullumbimby.
Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Lieutenant Adrian Mark Wedd, who grew up in Mullumbimby, was the guest speaker at the Mullumbimby service and focussed on the key characteristics of the ANZACs and what the youth of today can take from them.
‘It was the ANZAC’s endurance, courage and mateship that forged a spirit and legend that lives on today. It is this that we remember and honour on Anzac Day, and it is these qualities that we talk about when we refer to the ANZAC spirit,’ said Lieutenant Wedd.
‘You can apply this to your everyday lives… you should use these things – a sense of purpose; acceptance of responsibility and unselfishness, not only while you are at school here, but for whatever you may do in your lives. By doing this you will be helping to make sure the ANZAC spirit is an ongoing part of life in Australia.’
Lest we forget