SOLEMN REMINDER: Maryborough’s dawn service was an emotional gathering.
SOLEMN REMINDER: Maryborough’s dawn service was an emotional gathering. Jocelyn Watts

Big crowds at Maryborough Anzac services

AS the sun rose over Maryborough, an estimated 5000 people paid their respects to our Anzac heroes in an emotional dawn service.

Thousands rose early on Saturday to attend the second "Dawn of the Anzacs" tribute at the newly installed Duncan Chapman memorial at the end of Adelaide St, before moving to the Cenotaph at Queens Park.

About 150 servicemen and women, veterans and their families took part in the solemn march from near the Maryborough RSL, down Adelaide St to the Chapman memorial and up to the Cenotaph, where the huge crowd spilled over into Queens Park.

In an eloquent and moving speech, Maryborough RSL president Bob Evans spoke of the importance of the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landing.

"This was the first time along with our New Zealand comrades that we fought together as Anzacs, and so a great tradition was born," Mr Evans said.

"Their names, their deeds, their suffering, their sacrifice cannot be forgotten," he said.

"Their job done, they rest.

"We meet here today not to glorify war … but so that we may never forget the sacrifices made in all theatres and all conflicts by our servicemen and women."

The Maryborough Youth Choir sang the hymn Abide With Me, led by conductor Tracy Wright, before the laying of the wreaths.

With larger crowds expected for the 9am service and numerous schools taking part, a viewing screen was set up in Queens Park.