Looming stormy skies did little to deter hundreds of community members from attending both dawn and morning ANZAC Day services in Coonabarabran on Tuesday, 25 April.
Both events were well supported, with numbers for the 6.00am dawn service climbing each year.
Later in the morning, representatives from local schools and organisations joined former servicemen and women for the annual march along John Street to the Clocktower Memorial Cenotaph, in the heart of town.
Coonabarabran RSL Sub-branch president, Kevin Barrington, addressed the crowd.
“This year, 100 years ago, the Middle East at Beersheba fell into Allied hands after centuries of Ottoman rule,” Mr Barrington said.
“Last year was 100 years since the first Australian troops were deployed to Europe.
“Two years ago we commemorated the centenary of the Gallipoli landing.
“And so we are assembled here on the date of the fist landing at Gallipoli, the day now immortalised in history, the day the young men of Australia by their deeds and sacrifice demonstrated to the world that Australia was truly a nation.”
Mr Barrington paid tribute to the sons and daughters of ANZACs that have continued to serve, including World War II, Korea, Borneo, Vietnam, East Timor, Iraq, Afghanistan and in other theatres, even now, in the war against ISIS.
“We remember the sacrifices of men and women over the years for an ideal, for a way of life,” he said.
“Let us take strength from the examples to date, that our sons and daughters will never forget those set by the forebears.
“In our everyday life let us endeavour to carry on the ANZAC spirit shown in past conflicts despite the tragic cost.
“We think of every man, woman and child who has died as a consequence of battle so the lights of freedom and humanity might continue to shine.”
Lest we forget...
Grey skies loom over the Coonabarabran Clocktower Cenotaph on ANZAC Day 2017.