Ken Higgins, Toogoom and District RSL Sub Branch President opens the Anzac Centenary commemorative service in Toogoom. Photo: Brendan Bufi / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Ken Higgins, Toogoom and District RSL Sub Branch President opens the Anzac Centenary commemorative service in Toogoom. Photo: Brendan Bufi / Fraser Coast Chronicle Brendan Bufi

Toogoom service remembers fallen soldiers on Anzac Day

AN estimated 150 people attended Toogoom's Anzac Day service on Saturday, which was held by the TOOGOOM and District RSL Sub-Branch.

Sub-Branch president and Vietnam veteran Ken Higgins thanked councillor Rolf Light, state member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders and special guest Wing Commander Bryan Blacka for attending.

Mr Blackw read out an address and reminded the crowd that the battle on the beaches of Gallipoli was not remembered as a success.

"That initial landing and following battle were failures, but those who died symbolised courage, mates hip, humour and persistence against the odds," Mr Blacka said.

"When Australia had hardly been independent for barely a decade, they formed an independent identity through the Anzacs."

Mr Blacka said the tragedies of war were present not only in Australia's past, but in its present as well.

"It's so difficult to come to terms with a lost parent, partner or friend," he said.

"So today we remember not only those who died, but those who lived on and cared for the injured and returned, such as the RSL, Legacy, Mates for Mates and many other organisations."

Federal member for Hinkler Keith Pitt asked the children gathered to remember what they had seen at the service and to remember those who had died and those who now served to ensure the freedom of the nation.

"Words will never be enough. Lest we forget."