Crowds gather at the Burrum Heads Anzac Service.
Crowds gather at the Burrum Heads Anzac Service.

Flag raised to half-mast at Burrum Heads to honor the fallen

WAR veteran Bob Fox begins April 25 at the Burrum Heads Memorial.

He arrives before the crowds gather at the mid-morning parade, before the sun breaks through the dawn, before birds chirp and the bugle sings its solemn tune.

Mr Fox, who experienced conflict in Vietnam, likes to leave his house with an Australian flag in hand.

He performs this ritual feeling a deep sense of purpose.

Together with a small group of mates he meets at the memorial, he raises the flag half-mast to honour fallen soldiers just as the light breaks.

"Because 98 years ago that's right about when the Anzac's were landing on the beach in Anzac Cove," Mr Fox said, explaining the importance of the dawn service.

For youngsters such as Maddie Harris, 7, and Taylah Harris, 10, both from Torbanlea State School, the time for reflection comes later on in the day, when they remember the sacrifices others have made.

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

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

Mr Fox said it's not just those that have passed that he honours but those still here too.

"We remember our mates, those that have been hurt, not just physically but mentally," he explained.

Those sentiments were shared throughout the Fraser Coast on Thursday.

In Howard, hundreds gathered around the cenotaph to pay their respects to our heroic diggers.

Following the service, the official party including Australian Navy Cadets enjoyed breakfast at the CWA hall.

Other services were held in Tiaro, Toogoom, River Heads, Miva, Brooweena and Fraser Island.