Why is it important to maintain the ANZAC spirit, Great Lakes senior college, Tuncurry Year 12 student, Luke Mayer asked?
The guest speaker following this year's Anzac Day march in Tuncurry, Luke reminded the 3000 plus crowd that Anzac represented mateship, selflessness and courage.
"We as young people are often accused of having it easy or having bad role models, referring to social media celebs and footy plays, who shall not be named, but Anzac Day and the ideals of the Anzac spirit present an opportunity to us as young Australians to look beside us since Anzac Day is about the person sitting next to year, ot who is upon a pedestal."
Luke said Anzac Day was not solely for soldiers and history students, but was much more relevant to today's youth than most perceive it to be.
"After all, the only people who can engage with the history of the Anzac spirit are those who are here to witness it and partake in it.," he said.
"We are the people who will backpack to Gallipoli, we are the people who will take on the Kokoda Track, we are the people who will venture to Vung Tau"
While this year's Anzac Day march in Tuncurry didn't include any veterans from either World War I and II their contribution and sacrifice will never be forgotten as their children, grand and great-grandchildren proudly wore their medals and marched in their honour.
There is no chance diggers will ever be forgotten, Luke said.
"The longest surviving Gallipoli veteran, Private Alex Campbell has great grandchildren who have attended and still attend the senior campus," he said.
Bob Burns, who served in the 2/30th Australian Infantry Battalion and aged, laid a wreath before the march ended, returning to his Sunrise, Tuncurry home to conduct an Anzac Day commemoration.
Aged in his 90s, Mr Burns marched in his wheelchair.
Hundreds of men, women and children lined Manning Street clapping and occasionally cheering on the small group of marchers.
Close to 100 Holy Name Primary School students joined the march.
Wreaths were laid by Forster Tuncurry RSL sub-branch, Forster police, Club Forster, Korean War Veterans Association, Vietnam Veterans Association, National Servicemen's Association, War Widows Guild of Australia, Malay and Borneo Association, Forster Tuncurry League, Laurel Club, MidCoast Council, Member for Lyne, David Gillespie, Marine Rescue, Forster Pacific Palms SES, Salvation Army, CWA, Great Lakes Rotary, Tuncurry Forster Rugby club, Forster Tuncurry Inner Wheel, Cape Hawke Private Hospital, Holy Name Primary School and Great Lakes College, Forster campus, John Barrn OAM, Shirley Green, Bob Russell, Sgt Keith Fox.
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