Thursday, August 24, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Editor's Note

Hi Everyone,

This week our team attended Anzac Day Services across the region and had the honour of documenting this important occasion by taking over 800 photos right across the community.

From smiling school kids proudly waving Australian flags to sombre ex-service men and women who had fought in a war– our photos captured a moment in time, and we share them with you all in a special six-page photo gallery on pages 18 to 23 in this edition.

Many of the additional images that we didn’t have space to print are also available for free online through our website and on our Facebook page.

At the Cannonvale dawn service, I was stopped by a proud father who had left his phone in the car and wanted me to take a photo of his son.

It felt great to help him preserve this important moment and I feel like our entire team contributed to the community on Anzac Day which was very rewarding.

All the Anzac Day events are organised by teams of dedicated volunteers.

From the RSL Sub Branches to the musicians who come along each year to sing the National Anthem, play the bagpipes or the trumpet.

From the teachers that organise a rabble of school children into a procession, the volunteers who drive the minibuses, hold the Two-Up, hand out flags at the march or give an umbrella to a stranger.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this Anzac Day special.

Anzac Day is not only a day we say a solemn thank you to those that fought in wars to give us the freedom we have today, it is also a time when we come together.

In the spirit of the Anzacs, this is a day when our own community shines, when strangers and friends unite to say thanks for the life we all hold dear.


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