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February 29, 2024

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Piper Scott Cameron played during the ceremony at Lismore. Photo Tree Faerie.

This morning across the Northern Rivers, crowds gathered from 4.30am for ANZAC Day dawn services, and with numbers up on previous years, over a thousand people surrounded the cenotaph in Lismore.

Master of Ceremonies for the event was City of Lismore RSL sub-branch representative Wilson McClelland. Photo Tree Faerie.

With a feeling that the assembly was there for more than the ANZAC commemoration, everyone stood in absolute silence remembering those who had served and fallen.

Despite the cenotaph being damaged in the first flood, temporary repairs meant that the event could still go ahead.

The cenotaph at the Memorial Baths was damaged in the floods but was patched up for today’s ceremony. Photo Tree Faerie.

Master of Ceremonies for the event was City of Lismore RSL sub-branch representative Wilson McClelland who introduced Reverand Aaron Coates to lead the group in prayer and the Lismore High Choir who sang both the New Zealand and Australian national anthems.

The dawn broke as the sound of the bugle and pipes filled the flood-weary streets of Lismore with the sound of hope.

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  1. Hitler was a ‘good christian’ , and Stalin, as were most of the tyrants of history. The Pope made a special deal with Hitler and was given exclusive rights to the education of the Hitler Youth.
    Our dear old ex-service men invaded Vietnam and committed unconscionable war crimes, Howard unloosed them to invade Iraq and Afghanistan where of course they committed horrific war crimes, just as in the manner of Putin in the Ukraine at this moment.
    I have personally talked to scores of Anzac survivors , my grandfather for one , and the only consistent message from all was, “never let the government send you to war , there is no justifiable excuse for war ! ” These soldiers were all volunteers but they were lied to and sacrificed at the whim of England .
    The TRUTH should be our tribute to their courage and not beat the drums to inspire our children to more carnage.

      • Rob, why this fear of China?
        On the Liberals watch –
        We sold the Port of Darwin to China and as a reward China gave Liberal Government trade minister Andrew Robb a job at China owned Landbridge when he quit Parliament.
        We sold 50% of The Port of Newcastle to China
        We have have power companies owned by China
        We still trade with China
        One would be forgiven in thinking that China is the best friend of Australia.

        But Rob, if you still have some sort of Chinaphobia, please note that President ScamMO has announced that he drawing his Red Line thingy in the Solomons.
        So please go to sleep at night knowing that you’ll wake up in the morning still speaking australian.

  2. How many people attending are also willing to fight Russian to the last Ukrainian, and are advocating the govt to send more weapons to keep the fighting going.
    Russia is a Superpower backed by China, the Ukrainians have no chance.
    They should be encouraged to stop fighting and stop violating the Minsk agreements.

  3. Yes , I hate to admit it ,that I’m siding with you guys , but let Putin have Ukraine. It’s none of our business . Neither is Taiwan. Not worth getting involved in. Never again . Lest we forget .


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