KILLARNEY RSL sub-branch president Jim Domjahn said he was overwhelmed by the attendance at the services they held yesterday, with around 150 people attending the dawn service, and 300 at the Killarney service.

The Killarney Recreation Club served about 100 breakfasts after the dawn service for RSL sub-branch members and family attendees at the dawn service.

The Tannymorel cenotaph saw another large crowd turn out for the service for the small community where reviewing officer Bob Bennett MBA addressed the crowd with Killarney State School captains Rachel Smith and Trudy Farmer reading the first and second resolutions.

Catafalque party for both the Killarney and Tannymorel Services was provided by 29/49 RQR from Warwick.

The main service in Killarney started with the Anzac Day march along Willow St to the Killarney cenotaph, as Mr Bennett MBA and Mr Domjahn took the salute at the old National Bank building.

RSL sub-branch chaplain Rosemary Peterson presented scripture reading and prayer with deputy president Noel Fletcher reading the Supreme Sacrifice.

Southern Downs Regional councillors Vic Pennisi attended the Killarney Dawn Service and councillor Yve Stocks attended the Tannymorel and Killarney Service, with both laying wreaths.

In his address to the crowd Mr Bennett spoke about his family involvement in the war and uncles Herbert and Clarence Medhurst, who both lost their lives during the First World War.

He spoke about the mateship the boys had with other soldiers and how Herbert and a Scottish soldier both made pledges to contact each other's family if something were to happen to them.

With Hebert losing his life if a field attack in 1917, it was some 54 years later before the Scottish soldier tracked down Herbert's family in Australia and wrote them letters, letting them know he died without suffering.

School children wore representative badges of the First World War soldiers whose names are on the Killarney cenotaph, and laid poppies during the service.

Killarney RSL sub-branch secretary Carol Domjahn said one of the highlights at the Killarney Service was the flyover by a No.6 Squadron F/A-18F Super Hornet from the Amberley Air Base.

Mr Domjahn said the morning finished with a great morning tea at the RSL Hall, put on by the Killarney RSL Ladies Auxiliary.



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