The dawn service in Hervey Bay.
The dawn service in Hervey Bay. Alistair Brightman

Thousands attend Anzac Day services around the region

THOUSANDS of people across the Fraser Coast paid their respects to our servicemen and women on Anzac Day.

More than 4000 people attended the Hervey Bay parade and main service on Thursday to remember the fallen.

They paid their respects at the Freedom Park cenotaph service and were treated to a fly-past by an F-18 Super Hornet.

Hervey Bay RSL sub-branch vice president John Beattie said the crowds at services were increasing.

"Every year it's getting bigger and bigger and we can't wait to 2015 when we get the new memorial park up and running," he said.

In Maryborough, three generations of the Hansen family men who served in the armed forces were able to march together in the Anzac Day parade.

Vietnam veteran Des Hanson, son Alan, a former air force officer and grandson Damien, an acting sub lieutenant in the navy, were among the hundreds of veterans who took part in the massive parade.

For Torbanlea State School students Maddie Harris, 7, and Taylah Harris, 10, the time for reflection came later on in the day.

"We're thinking of the people that gave their lives in war," Taylah explained.

"We're paying respect to them," her sister Maddie offered.

In Howard, hundreds gathered around the cenotaph to pay their respects as did residents in Tiaro, Toogoom, River Heads, Miva, Brooweena and Fraser Island.