Family makes Allora trip for real Anzac experience
DELIVERING the resolution of yesterday's Allora Anzac service was former serviceman Aaron Curran.
Mr Curran said he and his father, family and friends wanted to get away from the Gold Coast and find a traditional Anzac Day service.
"We found it here,” he said.
"This was a beautiful service, what we'd hoped for, personal and touching - it's the best one I've seen.”
Mr Curran, who currently works for the Australian Federal Police is a former military photojournalist.
"Dad used to bring us out this way when we were kids, so when I knew we were coming back for Anzac Day this year, I rang the local school,” he said.
"They put me in touch with the RSL sub-branch and a few weeks later they rang back and asked if I could be a part of the services.
"That blew me away, but I was more than happy to do it.”
Aaron's father Cliff Curran, a Vietnam vet, said he'd avoided Anzac Day for many years.
"We Vietnam vets weren't treated very well at all at first,” he said.
"It took a long time for me to come around, but finally my kids convinced me to put in for my medals around about the time of the Welcome Home march in 1987.
"But today has been outstanding. This morning at the dawn service, the magpies and kookaburras started singing during the national anthem. It was so beautifully Australian.”
With them was Jayson Tufrey.
Both he and Aaron have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as tours of the Middle East.
"The significance of coming to a small town like this, is that this is what Anzac Day really means,” he said.
"A small community like this would have really felt the losses they suffered, this is real grass roots Anzac spirit.
"There's no pomp, no pagentry and you can't beat it.”