We will remember them, lest we forget.
As the Ode of Remembrance reminds us, it’s important to pass on the message of ANZAC day to our children. Each year we spend the day as a family and reflect on the courage and sacrifice our servicemen and women made for us. As our son gets older we will teach him the significance of the day and its traditions. One day he may wear his Father’s medals and be proud of what they stand for. Every year we attend a service and watch the veterans march, wherever we may be.
This year we decided to spend ANZAC Day in Dayboro. This small country town is situated less than one hour’s drive from Brisbane city. Although it’s a short drive, it’s filled with stunning scenery as you make your way through the sprawling countryside of Samford.
When we arrived we had no trouble getting a park in front of a cafe in the main street. We grabbed a coffee and wandered up to the Dayboro Crown Hotel to watch the march. The group was led by a re-enactor of the light horseman followed by local army cadets. The crowd showed their community spirit and cheered the small group of veterans as they passed. The local scout group and primary school represented the community and it was lovely to see the children participate.
We enjoyed the atmosphere of the march set amongst the backdrop of quaint country streets. From the hotel it was a short walk through town for the service at the Dayboro War Memorial within the showgrounds. For a small town there was a big turn out. The local primary school band provided the music, and students spoke about the meaning of ANZAC Day. Presenters shared the accounts of local servicemen from the region who lost their lives in wartime service.
If it wasn’t for little man’s nap time we would have loved to stay around for lunch. The Dayboro War Memorial Association usually holds a luncheon after the service. The Bowls Club hosts barefoot bowls and 2UP. For families wanting to spend a little longer in town there is a whole day of activities available.
We decided to head back home for a rest before lunch with the family. We had a lovely time joining the community at their ANZAC service and were made to feel very welcome. The community spirit is obviously alive and well in the gorgeous Queensland town of Dayboro.