THE early-risers on Manilla Street say Anzac Day is the most important day on the calendar.
It’s remembering the sacrifice proffered by the fearless few to “save a country”.
It’s honoring “the freedom we have” and the fact we’re “not speaking German or Japanese”.
Manilla RSL Sub-branch Des Stark used this year’s commemoration to pay respect to Winifred Burbury, one of the town’s WWII-veterans who passed away last month.
“We should remember them not as old soldiers, but as the young Australians they were,” Mr Stark told the strong crowd in the main street.
While the Anzac legend was forged in Gallipoli and foreign places, he said it was about the people who didn’t return, and those who returned changed.
“It is a day to honour those who died and acknowledge those who still suffer from the effects of war.
“Let us also remember those who are not in uniform, they are the families left behind.”
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