Beaudesert makes heartfelt Anzac Day centenary tribute: Photos

THE town of Beaudesert made a heartfelt tribute to the service of Australian and New Zealand troops with a moving Anzac Day march and ceremony to mark the centenary of the Anzac landing at Gallipoli.

Crowds lined Brisbane and William Street to pay their respects to the Anzacs as Private Annie Gee and Beaudesert RSL sub-branch secretary treasurer David Ardrey OAM led a solemn march through town.

Retired and serving servicemen and women, families of war veterans, emergency services, service clubs, community groups and schools marched to pay their respects.

At the ceremony, the community paused to reflect on the sacrifices made by servicemen and women and their families, with a focus on commemorating the troops who served in Gallipoli.

They remembered the Anzacs with songs and silence, speeches and age-old traditions including the forming of a catafalque party to guard the cenotaph and the playing of the Last Post by Beaudesert bugler Thomas Todd.

Scenic Rim Mayor John Brent, who led the ceremony, spoke of the confronting loss of life suffered in the Gallipoli campaign and remembered all Australians who had served in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations.

Pastor Josh Cocks led a prayer to honour the service of the Anzacs.

"Today we remember those who made the supreme sacrifice for us in time of war," he said.

"We don't worship or glorify war, it is ghastly and devastating, but we remember the selflessness and sacrifice of others on our behalf.

"We remember the struggle for peace to overcome the brokenness of humanity."

The service concluded with a ceremony to handover the Torch of Remembrance, with Major General John Pearn AO passing the symbolic torch to Private Annie Gee and her cousin Charlie Gee, of Beaudesert.


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