HUNDREDS paid their respects to Australian and New Zealand military personnel at ceremonies in Scone on Monday.
The dawn service outside the War Memorial Swimming Pool drew a large crowd of about 600 people, with Scone RSL sub-branch president Val Quinell, Inspector Guy Guiana and a number of local school representatives among those who laid wreaths.
A march down Kelly Street, which was led by Scone RSL Pipes & Drums, then followed at 10.50am.
Guest speaker at the subsequent Remembrance Service, well-known local identity John Flood, addressed the importance of Anzac Day for future generations.
“For me Anzac Day is an example to our new citizens and young people to remember and foster those intangible qualities, that include the welfare of others less fortunate...to embrace those new citizens into our diverse communities and to impart the sense of ‘fair play’ that forms the soul of the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women during times of conflict,” he said.
“Yes, Anzac Day is a military day but it does not demonstrate military might, nor glorify war or continue feuds.
“Today is a day to commemorate, not celebrate; to remember the sacrifices made by all Australians during times of conflict and disaster.”
Following Mr Flood’s speech, Vietnam veterans who in the region were then called out one-by-one to receive recognition.
Wreaths were also laid outside the Barwick House building prior to national anthems being proudly sung.
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