ANZAC Day ceremonies
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ABOUT 2000 veterans, servicemen and women, and members of the public gathered for Newcastle’s Anzac Day ceremony in Civic Park this morning.
Former soldiers and their descendants marched from the CBD, proudly displaying medals awarded for service to their country.
Merewether High School student Briony Beale gave a commemoration address at the Civic Park ceremony, and said her generation had little experience of a country at war.
"We are the lucky generations, the ones who benefit from the sacrifice of our families,’’ Ms Beale said.
‘‘This is why it is so important the remembrance continues. Our youth are educated, and the words that symbolise Anzac day maintain their significance: lest we forget.’’
Pictures by Darren Pateman
IN Nelson Bay hundreds of people from a wide cross-section of the community lined the street for the ANZAC Day march.
It was the biggest ANZAC march and parade in two decades according to organisers, who estimated a crowd of 2000 people.
LITTLE Leo Carraro honoured his great grandfathers by marching for a second year at the Maitland Anzac Day service.
With his great grandfather’s dog tags around his neck, the eight year old paid his respects and already understands the sacrifices his family made by going to war.
His great great grandfather Frederick William Perry served in World War I and died at Maitland Hospital in 1953 at the age of 78.
Frederick’s son Robert Arthur Perry, Leo’s great grandfather, served in Papua New Guinea in World War II and died in 2007 at the age of 83.
The Perry family attend the Maitland service every year carrying photos of both Frederick and Robert as well as Robert’s medals.
‘‘Dad passed way just before Anzac day in 2007. He never talked about the war,’’ Julie Cheers (nee Perry) said of her father Robert.
More than 2500 people arrived for the 11am Anzac service at Maitland Park memorial.
The crowd ranged from World War II and Vietnam veterans to small children wearing their great grandfather’s medals.
President and Chaplain of Maitland RSL Eric Bell asked the crowd to remember those who served and died and those who still live.
‘‘Let us show gratitude for te peace we enjoy,’’ he said.
-Ben Smee, Gabriel Wingate-Pearse and Amy Edwards
Below: one of the Hunter's own, Clem Kealy AM, speaks about ANZAC Day and his experiences in WWII, Korea and Vietnam.