The sun was still down, and the rain was falling but for thousands of people across the City of Logan the alarms were going off at 3am to get out of bed for a very important day.
The first of the services for Anzac Day were the Dawn Services and there were many to choose from. Logan Village stared the morning at 4:28am, with Jimboomba following at 4:45am and Diggers Services Club holding theirs at 5:20am.
Greenbank, Beenleigh, and Logan Central all started at 5:30am and numbers at the events was well represented by locals.
The dawn events saw many cadets from army and air force attend to form the catafalque party on the cenotaph and to lay wreaths.
Logan Central saw young scouts from Woodridge Scout Group spend Monday afternoon setting up chairs, marquees, and crosses in preparation for todays services. They also took part in the march after the dawn service.
Cr Karen Murphy attended the Beenleigh Dawn Service and said: “Proud to see so many people from our community attend and show their respects to the Anzac service men and women at the Beenleigh RSL & Golf Club Dawn Service.”
Following the dawn services, many areas also held marches for veterans and their families along with schools and other clubs making up the convoys.
After the marches, crowds gathered at war memorials for services to commemorate Anzac Day and pay tribute yet again to the nations service men and women.
Cr Laurie Koranski attended the Logan Village Dawn Service followed by the Palm Lake Bethania and Waterford service.
“It was an honour to be part of this morning’s Dawn Service with Logan Village RSL Sub Branch on the Village Green,” said Cr Koranski.
“It was a very large turnout despite the wet weather. We heard from moving speakers and students from Logan Village State School.
“I am always impressed by the service held annually at Palm Lake Bethania and Waterford.
“This year we were joined by the catafalque party from the 11 Army Cadet Union Logan.
“We heard from Captain Stephen Jackson, Canterbury College students, the Palm Lake choir and were well represented by returned service men and women who are residents of the two villages.
“A huge thank you to all the volunteers who gave their time to help organise this morning’s service.”
Once all the formalities concluded, many people headed to RSL’s and other clubs for lunches and some got to play Two Up.
The people of Logan showed much respect for those who have served and are currently serving by turning up in large numbers across the city.
Ode of Remembrance
They shall grow not old,
as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun
and in the morning
We will remember them.
Lest we forget