Lest we forget: 101 years and as important as ever

THE Hervey Bay RSL sub-branch is urging Fraser Coast residents to continue to celebrate and remember our war veterans this Anzac Day.

With last year's Centenary of Anzac anticipated for many years, sub-branch president Brian Tidyman is hoping people will continue to show for dawn services and parades.

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"I would expect the same amount of people if not more because more people are moving to Hervey Bay," he said.

Brian Tidyman - new president of the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Brian Tidyman - new president of the Hervey Bay RSL Sub-Branch. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle Alistair Brightman

Mr Tidyman is not fearing people will "forget" Anzac Day with the centenary commemorations now in history.

 

"We'll always have Anzac Day because it's part of our heritage," he said.

 

"If you realise that today Australian Defence Force people are in probably about 30 countries around the world.

"It's not just about the 100 year anniversary although that is very important."

 

Mr Tidyman will take the reins of the Anzac ceremony this year after replacing former sub-branch president John Kelsey.

The new president said each year he loved watching the generational change in commemorations with thousands of children attending with their parents.

"They're the future of this country," he said.

"Not only the future of the RSL but the future of this country."