Sharing the memory

IT was a peaceful, mild morning yesterday as soldiers young and old joined civilians across the Shire to remember the nation's fallen.

Nearly 200 people gathered in Byron for the dawn service, children and teens among them, to join in the singing and listen to Ray De Vere explore the meaning of Anzac Day.

It means different things to different people, Mr De Vere said.

"Those of us who have seen the horror and tragedy of war see the futility of it rather than any glory in it. Can we prevent wars? Who starts wars?

"These questions must be addressed if we are to carry out our responsibility to the men of Anzac."

Among those who gathered to commemorate the fallen was Michael De Mizio of Byron Bay, who was attending his first dawn service.

"I felt a calling to come here today, to honour the country I was brought up in and to seek to understand what it was all about," Mr De Mizio said.

The service was "beautiful", he said. "I felt proud to be a part of it, here among people of all ages and races".

About 300 people were at the dawn service at the cenotaph at Brunswick Heads, one of the largest attendances in recent years. It included an address by aid worker Keith Wise, who spoke about his work with children injured by landmines in Afghanistan and the need to help survivors of war.

"Let us help the victims of war that live on," Mr Wise said.

More Anzac Day photos and reports next week

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