Coasties are showing up in force to show our respects to the ANZACs this morning.
Thousands have flocked to Terrigal to lay wreaths and watch a surf boat re-enactment of the landing at Gallipoli 103 years ago.
The other dawn services seeing our veterans march out at the Entrance, Gosford and Woy Woy.
Terrigal-Wamberal RSL Sub-Branch President, Peter White says it’s an emotional morning for many of them, paying tribute to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for a free Australia.
“You remember your friends, including those who may have passed away subsequently to wherever they served,” Mr White said.
“There’s also the fact that most service people are proud of their history.”
While he says ANZAC Day commemorations must also be used to thank those still enlisted in the armed forces.
Later this morning, our returned service personnel will parade through Doyalson, Empire Bay, Toukley and Wyong, followed by Ourimbah this afternoon.
Meantime, local police are urging us to keep commemorations respectful as we have a beer and play Two-Up in honour of our fallen diggers.
Brisbane Water Police District’s Detective Inspector John Zdrilic says in addition to general duties officers, there’ll be traffic and highway, licencing, detectives and anti-theft units out in force well into this evening.
“If you’re intending to go out and have a couple of drinks, we’d encourage you to leave the car at home and use public transport,” Detective Inspector Zdrilic said.
“Be respectful, be sensible and take responsibility for yourself and others,” he said.
“Today is a day to honour the brave men and women who have served our country.”
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