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Thousands turn out for ANZAC Day services in local region


Thousands have gathered in the local region to pay their respects to war veterans.

Dawn services were held across the Ipswich,  Lockyer Valley, Toowoomba and Somerset regions this morning to commemorate the first restriction-free Anzac Day in three years.

Ipswich RSL sub-branch President Michael Blaine says the sacrifices our soldiers  made past and present can't be forgotten.

"It's basically like passing the batton from one generation to the next , we've got to remember what our ANZAC's did back 107 years ago. 

Mr Blaine says that the invasion of Ukraine is also a reminder of the freedom we take for granted.

"It is an eye-opener for everybody that these sorts of things can happen at the blink of an eye, where you can go from peace time to a war very quickly", he says.

Ipswich councillor Marnie Doyle, Ipswich State MP Jennifer Howard,  Ian Frazier representing Shayne Neumann, Group Captain and Senior ADF officer Melissa Nielson, Lieutenant  Colonel Bronwyn Thomas, CO9FSB Warrant Officer Class One Martin Davis  and  Railway Sub-branch President and OAM John Dredge were among those to attend the service at the Ipswich Railway Museum honour stone this morning.

Two students from St Edmunds College in Ipswich also read poems at the service. 

The Anzac Main March will kick off from the corner of Brisbane and Waghorn Streets from 10:45am.

A number of a streets in the Ipswich CBD will be closed for the march.

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