Soldier reminds us ‘Freedom is a product of courage’

JUST one year short of the centenary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli, Warwick yesterday turned on the crowds and fine weather to mark the solemn commemoration of Australia's past wartime sacrifices.

Almost 1000 attended the Dawn Service in Leslie Park, which featured the 11th Light Horse Warwick Montrose Troop and a catafalque party from the 25th/49th Battalion.

The service was conducted by Baptist Church pastor Darren Muller and was followed by services at the War Graves Ceremony and Eden Gardens Memorial Park.

Leslie Park was again packed for the 11am ceremony, and following the wreath-laying, resolutions were read by The Scots PGC College co-captains, Amelia Cowley and Ryan Peel.

Guest speaker Lieutenant Commander Lee Wells RAN (ret) reminded the crowd that Australia had lost service people in recent years as well as in older conflicts.

"If happiness is a product of freedom, then freedom is a product of courage," he said.

"We gather to commemorate, not celebrate, and to those who express surprise that Anzac Day services are still held across this country, ... it is part of the Australian psyche."

LCDR Wells said there was "something very Australian" about coming together to observe Anzac Day each April.



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