Quiet reflection for Byron Bay’s Dave, Kirsten and son Timmy Chibeba at the Byron Bay Dawn Service.
Quiet reflection for Byron Bay’s Dave, Kirsten and son Timmy Chibeba at the Byron Bay Dawn Service.

Tribute to courage and bravery

YOUNG and old gathered in glorious autumn sunshine in Byron Bay on Saturday as crowds paid tribute to the courage and bravery of those who had fought in wars.

Hundreds of people lined the streets as Diggers and representatives of local schools, sporting associations and clubs marched to the Memorial Gates for the annual service.

The main address was delivered by principal of St Finbarr’s Public School, John Wilson.

Mr Wilson said his father and uncle had served in WWII and all wars impacted on the families that were caught up in them.

“Gallipoli and Anzac Day bind our nation and our values and those values include courage, bravery, honour, friendship and compassion,” he said.

“Those values continue today with our younger generation of which I am heartened to see their greatness.

“Our children want a world without war, so we need to build understanding and peace.

“We need our young people to make the world a better place and they can learn so much from the courage of the Diggers.”

Following the service, dozens of wreaths were laid and the Last Post was played by bugler Brian Pamphilon of Byron Bay.

Earlier in the day, hundreds of people attended the Dawn Service including many young people.
Former Byron Shire councillor Jan Mangleson delivered the main address.

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