Anzac Day 2021: Large crowd supports Laurieton main service

It was a dream come true to be able to stage this year's Anzac Day commemorations, Laurieton RSL sub-Branch president John (Budgie) Parrott says.

A large crowd gathered for the Anzac Day march and main service at Laurieton after the coronavirus pandemic put a stop to traditional commemorations in 2020.

The march went from Laurieton United Services Club to the cenotaph for the main service.

Camden Haven High School leaders Patrick Umadhay and Maggie Harrison-Douglas gave the address.

Patrick said they gathered to commemorate the men and women who laid down their lives serving and protecting our country.

"Anzac, better known as Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, has been an empowering name given to the soldiers who fought to defend our country and uphold the values of which it means to be Anzac," he said.

"They are the soldiers who fought at the landing of Gallipoli on the 25th of April, 1915.

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"They are the soldiers who served and protected our country. They are the soldiers who we now commemorate with a sprig of rosemary as a symbol of remembrance and they are the reason we can stand here today - the soldiers from past and also present."

Maggie said 2021 marked the 80th anniversary of the siege of Tobruk.

"Lasting 241 days in 1941, this battle was crucial to the world," she said.

Maggie said Anzac Day was our way to honour all those who served and continued to serve in the armed forces.

"Through gathering today at this service, we stand with out uttermost respect and appreciation to these soldiers." she said.

Meanwhile, at Comboyne residents lined the village's main street for the march.

Comboyne Public School students walked alongside veterans.

At the service, William Swan shared the history of local WWII serviceman the late Mr Walter Duck of the 2/7th Independent Company.

Vietnam Veteran Mr Ian Chambers delivering the commemorative address.

Councillor Robert Turner laying a wreath on behalf of Port Macquarie Hastings Council.

In Kendall, the Anzac Day service was held indoors with limited numbers but maintained the day's significance with young residents leading the way.

Riley, Willow, Charlise and Flynn laid a wreath on behalf of Kendall Tennis Club as a part of the village's tribute to the region's ex-servicemen and women.

Wreaths were laid at the cenotaph for the dawn service with the main service held at the Kendall Services and Citizen's Club.

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