A large crowd gathered along the foreshore at Currumbin for the Anzac Day dawn service at Elephant Rock on Tuesday morning.
It has been an emotional service with Currumbin RSL President Ron Workman informing the crowd “it is with sadness that I convey to all that since last Anzac Day, Currumbin RSL has experienced the largest loss of its veterans in history”. The service is covered by Channel Seven each year.
“Veterans who have served their country in times of conflict in foreign lands and as a result of their efforts it has often been said we certainly live in the lucky country.
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Mr Workman also had to pause many times leading up to the playing of the Last Post. Mr Workman saying “we who are left close our ranks to carry on the RSL tradition”.
“May God hold them all in the palms of his hands, their service, their sacrifice, our freedom.
He held a long silence before calling for the Last Post to be played.
Mr Workman returned to call for the wreath laying to begin. Special guests who took part included former Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Titans Coach Neil Henry.
The service wrapped up with 34 sets of ashes scattered on the waves by surf life savers..
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull paid an unannounced visit to Australian troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
He has encouraged Australians to commemorate the patriotism, sacrifice, courage and mateship of our servicemen and women.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop will represent Australia at Gallipoli.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten and Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove are in Papua New Guinea.