GALLERY | ANZAC Day commemorations in the Douglas Shire


Victoria Stone-Meadows


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LEST WE FORGET: Residents young and old took part in this years ANZAC Day commemorations. All images: Victoria Stone-Meadows.

Hundreds of people ventured out in the rain this morning to pay their respects at the Mossman ANZAC Day dawn service.

Crowds gathered in the darkness, finding what refuge they could under a sea of umbrellas, huddled together with poppies pinned to lapels and medals glinting on chests as the dawn light broke through.

Touching speeches were delivered to the huddled crowd of about 500 people with the theme of remembrance as prominent as the recognition of the battles many service men and women still face in day to day life.

Speakers did not shy away from acknowledging the ongoing war of post-traumatic stress disorder that many who have experienced the horrors of wartime duties still carry with them.

Respect was paid to the men and women of wars long past as well as to those who fought in more recent times. 

Relive the Mossman ANZAC Day Dawn Service here:

Members of the community, the armed forces, emergency services and others were invited to lay wreaths at the Mossman cenotaph accompanied by the sobering notes of bagpipes.

The communities north of the Daintree River also gathered together to commemorate ANZAC Day with a memorial service and march.

In stark contrast, the sun shone brightly as hundreds of people turned out in Port Douglas to commemorate the fallen and the returned with the annual march down Macrossan Street to ANZAC Park.

Servicemen and women, emergency services, schools and community groups marched as one in memory of all those who sacrificed their freedom for ours.

Crowds stood and together shared the memories of family members, friends, and colleagues, with every person having been touched by war in some way.

Speeches, odes, anthems, and hymns rang through ANZAC Park as the community stood together in solemn remembrance.

Once the wreaths were laid at the cenotaph, the annual Port Douglas two-up game was underway at the Central Hotel with revellers packing into the pub for a share of the action.

Today the Douglas Shire community was united in remembrance and together we share the spirit, courage, and mateship of the ANZACs. 

See the full gallery from the ANZAC Day march and memorial here:

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