Killarney salutes the Anzacs
KILLARNEY RSL Sub Branch president Jim Domjahn was overwhelmed with the crowds at the Anzac Day services yesterday.
Mr Domjahn said numbers were up at the three services the branch holds each year, with the dawn service seeing about 130 people attending.
He said the service held at the Tannymorel Cenotaph saw a crowd of close to 120 up on last year’s attendance.
Killarney veteran George Hancock said he had never seen such a crowd at a Killarney Anzac service as he witnessed yesterday.
An estimated 250 people attended the Killarney Anzac Day service after Returned Servicemen and school children, along with the RQR 25/45 Squad from Warwick, marched to the Cenotaph.
Reviewing Officer David Cory, who took the salute as the march proceeded along Willow St, addressed the crowd and emphasised the Australian Flag and its tradition with the Anzac spirit.
He said the flag had been flown on its Killarney flagpole at all conflicts all around the world and we still flew the flag on the same pole today with the Anzac spirit.
In finishing his speech Mr Cory asked everyone to reflect on the last line of the Oath, “At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them”, saying it was what the day was all about and the reason for local people attending services.
Fourteen members of the Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club from as far as Townsville and Mt Isa also attended the Killarney Anzac Day services yesterday.
Mr Domjahn thanked all who helped to make the Killarney Anzac Day services a success.
He also paid special thanks to the Killarney Recreation Club, who each year served up a delicious breakfast for people attending the dawn service.
The club was caught out this year with the large crowd at the dawn service, most of whom stayed for breakfast with club volunteers serving 110 hot meals.