Bugle rings out as sun comes up
AS DAWN broke a thousand Warwickites gathered at the town cenotaph to pay their respects and honour fallen Anzac heroes.
Dressed in jumpers, gloves, scarfs and beanies people young and old stood in silence.
With no breeze around even the Australian flag, hanging at half mast, sat still.
Everyone bowed their heads.
Sounds from the bagpiper standing on top of the Town Hall echoed down to Leslie Park to signal the start of the ceremony.
Members from the 25th/49th Battalion stood like statues, with guns slung over their shoulders, as they formed the catafalque party around the cenotaph.
Warwick RSL Sub-Branch president John Skinner welcomed and thanked everyone for coming.
He explained the importance of the dawn service.
"The Anzacs arrived on the shores of Gallipoli at 4.50 in the morning all those years ago," he said.
"For soldiers dawn was always understood as the best time to attack or the time to expect to be attacked.
"We would always stand-to an hour before dawn.
"We were always ready to go."
As the sun cast an orange glow around Leslie Park, all that could be heard was Brendan Babington's bugle playing the Last Post.
After the minute's silence Warwick State High School captain Lucy Boland gave a moving speech about young people and their take on Anzac Day.
"There has been a steady increase in the number of young people attending dawn services," Miss Boland said.
"It indicated the special place the 25th of April has in our hearts.
"Anzacs are not fables or film stars; they are the true blue Australian heroes.
"Young people go to Anzac services because of their values of valour, honour and courage which hold such high esteem in our culture.
"In 1914 thousands went to fight for the rights of people they would never meet.
"In 2013 we gather to show our respect for people we will never meet."
Lest we forget.