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NDL News article 26/04/2017 Tamworth RSL Sub Branch


Spirit Lives On


April 26, 2017

IT WAS a day to remember - the fallen, the brave, the young, the old.

The cost of freedom was at the forefront of most minds on Anzac Day as locals turned out in droves to commemorate the sacrifices made by servicemen and women around the world.

Thousands gathered around the gates of Anzac Park for the Tamworth Dawn Service, while more than 300 were in Gipps St as the sun peaked over the Wentworth Mounds for the 50th anniversary of "The Avenue of Honour".

By mid-morning, the crowds had flocked to the CBD for the march as veterans - both on foot and in jeeps - made their way down Peel Street, followed by the marching band, emergency services, community groups and countless numbers of school children.

No matter where you were on Tuesday, the ANZAC spirit was alive and well.

In Kootingal, they stood side-by-side, leaving the RSL and veterans alike feeling overwhelmed.

"It's staggering, it just shows how they hold the day in high esteem," Tamworth RSL sub-branch member John Drysdale said. "It's a fitting tribute to our fallen soldiers."

In Bendemeer, locals turned out in the sun for the morning commemoration to pay their respects following the dawn service - the biggest crowd its RSL sub-branch has seen in 12 years.


"Lest We Forget"