Hundreds turn out for Taree's Anzac service

ADVERSE weather conditions did little to deter people from attending Anzac Commemoration Services around the area this year.

Taree's mid-morning service was forced to be relocated to the underground carpark at Greater Taree City Council chambers and many were disappointed to see the storm result in the march being cancelled.

But in spite of all the setbacks almost 500 people packed in and spilled around the outside of the carpark to witness Taree's main ceremony. 

The new location did not detract from the atmosphere of the day, with the overriding feelings of sorrow, loss, pride, mateship and patriotism prevailing.

It was a touching service, beautifully run by Taree RSL sub branch, with Taree High School's captains Madeline Heron and Eden Gonfond lending their feelings about the day for the commemoration address.

Bugler Alex Bell expertly performed his duties, paving the way for RSL sub branch president Bob Coombes to deliver 'The Ode', which always draws goosebumps.

But it was Greater Taree City mayor Paul Hogan whose parting words, borrowed from a memorial overseas, that formed the perfect summation of the day.

"For your tomorrow, we gave our today."