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Thousands flock to Melbourne Anzac service

Thousands flock to Melbourne Anzac service

Thosands, including children, are at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance for the dawn service.Surgeon Annette Holian’s military battles involved scalpels, anaesthetic, blood and dressings.
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The Group Captain and first serving woman to address an Anzac Day dawn service in Melbourne told the tens of thousands packed around the Shrine of Remembrance about courage on the field.

“My medals represent personal hardship, specific challenges and many victories. Medical battles with scalpels, antiseptics, blood and dressing,” she said.

“They remind me of the emotion we faced living in the devastation in Aceh, its streets and rivers choked with the debris of thousands of bodies.”

An estimated 35,000 attended Wednesday’s service, which marks 100 years since the WWI battle of Villers-Bretonneux when Australian soldiers and their allies recaptured crucial territory from the Germans.

The numbers swelled by 10,000 from last year which organisers attributed to better weather and the ongoing commitment of Victorians to honouring service and sacrifice.

One former soldier at the service, Chris Walters, sees that day as more about his father and grandfather.

“I still never see today as respect to me. It’s more I still think of my grandfather (who) served. My dad was in the RAAF for 20 years,” he told AAP.

Mr Walters said the traditional minute’s silence during the service carried mixed emotions.

“I’ve lost friends and I know people who are struggling with things like PTSD and those that have returned.”

For years Vietnam veteran Sui Kamid wasn’t recognised for his service, but this has now changed.

“We never got any recognition for years and years, 20-odd years or so. So it was pretty hard to take in the beginning,” he said.

To reflect the changing face of Anzac Day, current veterans are due to lead the traditional Anzac march down St Kilda Road later on Wednesday.

“It is a decision … that we would turn the march on its head and have the younger veterans matching at the front,” Victorian RSL president Rob Webster told ABC TV.

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Australia’s southern-most dawn service an unforgettable experience

Australia’s southern-most dawn service an unforgettable experience

Australia’s southern-most dawn service an unforgettable experience Australian Antarctic expeditioners participating in dawn service at Casey research station. Picture: George Brettingham-Moore/Australian Antarctic Division
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Australian Antarctic expeditioners participating in dawn service at Casey research station. Picture: George Brettingham-Moore/Australian Antarctic Division

Commander Rebecca Jeffcoat, station leader, participating in dawn service at Casey research station. Picture: George Brettingham-Moore/Australian Antarctic Division

Australian Antarctic expeditioners participating in dawn service at Casey research station. Picture: George Brettingham-Moore/Australian Antarctic Division

Australian Antarctic expeditioners participating in dawn service at Casey research station. Picture: George Brettingham-Moore/Australian Antarctic Division

Australian Antarctic expeditioners participating in dawn service at Casey research station. Picture: George Brettingham-Moore/Australian Antarctic Division

Australian Antarctic expeditioners participating in dawn service at Casey research station. Picture: George Brettingham-Moore/Australian Antarctic Division

Commander Rebecca Jeffcoat, station leader, participating in dawn service at Casey research station. Picture: George Brettingham-Moore/Australian Antarctic Division

TweetFacebookTwenty-six Australians have paid their respects to those served at an Anzac Day they will never forget.

Just before dawn, the winter team at Casey research station in Antarctica, gathered at the station’s flagpole.

Defence Force Naval Officer veteranRebecca Jeffcoat led the ceremony.

Commander Jeffcoat is stationed in the Antarctica as Casey’s station leader, and has been a navy officer since 1990.

“I’ve been to many Anzac Day events over the years and today’s service, held against a backdrop of icebergs in Newcomb Bay, is one I will never forget,” Commander Jeffcoat said.

“We lowered the Australian flag to half-mast, listened to several readings and held the traditional two minutes of silence.

“The service was especially poignant as expeditioners took the opportunity to proudly share their family member’s service experience; in the Boer War, lost at sea in World War II and in Afghanistan.

“As we dig in for a long winter, we can imagine some of the challenges our defence men and women face when deployed to far-off and often hostile places, away from their families, in service of their country.”

A gun-fire breakfast warmed up the expeditioners, in the minus-15 degree temperatures.

They will continue the day with games of two-up, and watching a live broadcast of the Anzac Day AFL game.

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50 of the finest photos from Anzac Day 2018

50 of the finest photos from Anzac Day 2018

50 of the finest photos from Anzac Day 2018 Multitudes turn out for the Kiama Anzac Day dawn service. Picture: Rebecca Boyd
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Shellharbour’s Anzac Day service on Wednesday. Photo: Sylvia Liber

Early morning, April 25 in Albury. Photo: James Wiltshire

Corporal Hayden Riley of the 219 cadets forms part of the catafalque party in Wagga. Picture: Les Smith

Australian Antarctic expeditioners participating in dawn service at Casey research station. Picture: George Brettingham-Moore/Australian Antarctic Division

Shellharbour’s Anzac Day service on Wednesday. Photo: Sylvia Liber

First light: About 1000 people gathered in Ulverstone for the dawn service. Pictures: Brodie Weeding

Salvation Army bugler Lindsay Stow plays the Last Post at the Warrnambool Dawn Service. Picture: Rob Gunstone

Anzac Day Dawn Service in Bendigo. Picture: Darren Howe

Early morning, April 25 in Albury. Photo: James Wiltshire

First light at Launceston’s Anzac Day dawn service. Photo: Scott Gelston

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach, Newcastle, 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach, Newcastle, 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Marieke Dam, Shay Stein, Julie Pettett, 2018 Anzac Day Horsham dawn service.

Wayne Wild, Maurie Anderson and Frank Logan at Ararat’s 2018 Anzac Day Dawn service on Wednesday. Photo: Peter Pickering

Wednesday morning’s poignant and touching commemoration at Orange’s Robertson Park Cenotaph. Photo: Jude Keogh

At the Tamworth dawn service. Photo: Gareth Gardner

Miranda Anzac Day dawn service. Photo: John Veage

Carly and Damien Batty with their daughter Eva, 4, at Wodonga RSL sub-branch after the dawn service. Picture: Mark Jesser

Ballarat dawn service. Photo: Lachlan Bence.

Wodonga Dawn Service. Photo: Mark Jesser

Wodonga Dawn Service. Photo: Mark Jesser

Tamworth’s main march. Photo: Northern Daily Leader

Inverell’s Anzac Day dawn service.

Dubbo commemorates the fallen.

The dawn service in Moree: Photo: Sophie Harris

Gathering in the early light at Jimboomba. Natalie Hall on Annie. Photo: Lisa Simmons

Trevor Lynch has chronicled the Nambucca Anzacs’ story. Photo: Mel Davies

Women leading the march at Bellingen after the service. Photo: Janene Carey

A scene from Penola’s Anzac Day ceremony.

Berrima Dawn Service was a family affair for Air Commodore Robert Rodgers. Photo: Madeline Crittenden

Members of the 3rd Light Horse Regiment Naracoorte Troop again added a poignant note to the Anzac Day ceremony in Naracoorte.

Mount Isa’s Anzac Day service 2018.

Shane Tobler and Archimedes from the Friends of the Wingecarribee Animal Shelter at the Berrima Dawn Service. Photo: Madeline Crittenden

From Mount Isa’s Anzac Day commemorations.

A scene from Dawesville, WA.

April Richardson from Hill Top Public School and Danielle Horne from Mittagong Public School at the Hill Top Dawn Service. Photo: Emily Bennett.

George Brown at Sebastopol’s Anzac Day service. Photo: Lachlane Bence.

Hundreds of people lined the streets of the Wollongong CBD to watch the 2018 Anzac Day parade.

Hundreds of people lined the streets of the Wollongong CBD to watch the 2018 Anzac Day parade.

Hundreds of people lined the streets of the Wollongong CBD to watch the 2018 Anzac Day parade.

Eaglehawk commemorates Anzac Day. Photo: Glenn Daniels

Eaglehawk commemorates Anzac Day. Photo: Glenn Daniels

Anzac day service at Canowindra. Photo: Rachael Webb

Newcastle march and service. Photo: Simone de Peak

Newcastle march and service. Photo: Simone de Peak

Newcastle march and service. Photo: Simone de Peak

Newcastle march and service. Photo: Simone de Peak

The serving officers march in Tamworth. Photo: Gareth Gardner

TweetFacebookThey lined the sides of roads, gathered atCenotaphs, memorials, and in town centres –men, women and children, all to pay their respects and remember those who have served and those we’ve lost.

Some were serving defence force personnel, others descendants of the fallen or those who’ve served, and others who just wanted to say thank you.

Anzac Day dawn services, marches and community events were held across the nation today as thousands of Australians gathered to commemorate the 103rd anniversary of the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops at Gallipoli.

Women took centre stage this year with their commitments to the armed forces recognised.

Above are some of the best photos from the services across the countrytoday–fromMount Isa to Launceston, Naracoorte to Antarctica!

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F1 ace Ricciardo faces August deadline

F1 ace Ricciardo faces August deadline

Australian F1 ace Daniel Ricciardo has been given an August deadline to re-sign with Red Bull.Red Bull boss Christian Horner has given Australian F1 ace Daniel Ricciardo until August to re-sign or the team will begin looking elsewhere.
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The Red Bull boss’ demands follow revelations the 28-year-old has been in negotiations with Italian giants Ferrari.

Six-time Grand Prix winner Ricciardo has become the hottest free agent on the Formula One circuit following his victory in China 10 days ago.

“We do not want to wait forever. We have other good options,” Horner told German magazine Auto Motor Und Sport.

“There should be a decision by the summer (August) break at the latest.”

Horner said the team wants Ricciardo to stay at Red Bull but if it didn’t happen they would look at other options.

“Our priority is to continue working with Daniel. If that does not work, we’ll pull the other options,” Horner said.

“The most obvious is Carlos Sainz. He is under contract with us. And then there are a few young drivers,” he said.

Ricciardo is believed to have begun talks with Ferrari, with both parties locked into negotiations until June 30, according to Motorsport magazine.

Reigning champions Mercedes are also reportedly interested.

Ricciardo has previously said he does not want his next Formula One contract to tie him down.

Instead of the usual four-year-deal, Ricciardo said he wants a two-year contract due to the uncertainty over the sport’s future direction.

Formula One’s current engine regulations last only to the end of 2020, when team agreements also expire, and the sport is deciding how the future should look and what kind of engines will be used.

Ferrari have already warned that they could walk away if they do not like what is on offer.

“Each year something might change so I don’t want to tie myself down for four more years and then I’m like, ‘I don’t want to do this any more,” Ricciardo told The Times.

Meanwhile, Mercedes have yet to announce a new deal for four-times world champion Lewis Hamilton, who is also out of contract at the end of this season.

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Thousands stand solemn for Anzac Day dawn service in Newcastle

Thousands stand solemn for Anzac Day dawn service in Newcastle

Thousands stand solemn for Anzac Day dawn service in Newcastle Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.
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Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

Anzac Day dawn service at Nobbys Beach Newcastle 2018. Picture: Simone De Peak.

TweetFacebookLast Postwas played by a bugler, the rain still drizzling and showing no sign of letting up.

But the solemn crowd was undeterred even though most were not carrying umbrellas.

Flashback:Remember Anzac Day in 2017

They jolted back again at the startling sound of cannon fire fromFortScratchley before acatafalque party concluded formal proceedings.

Mr Fayle became teary as he thanked the city for putting the Nobbys dawn service “on the map”.

The sub-branch president also announced he would be stepping down from his role as emcee to allow younger blood to come through.

“I could not be prouder of what you have done in this city,” he said.

“You have put us on the map. People outside [Newcastle] do not believe what you’ve done with your attendance and commitment.”

Official crowd figures were still being determined but Mr Fayle said it appeared to him the crowdwas on par with previous years (estimates typically place between 30,000 and 40,000 at the service).

Read more:Your complete guide to Anzac Day services in Newcastle and the Hunter

That is despite the inconvenience of road closures for the light rail project.

And security is tight with some city streets blocked off with garbage trucks and skip bins to guard against vehicle attacks.

Spectators were urged to use the park and ride bus service from McDonald Jones Stadium.

Thecrowd quickly dispersed from Nobbysas the rain became heavier.

The sunrise over Nobbys beach did not appear this dawn service because of cloud cover, but those who flocked to the beach still looked out over the ocean and reflected quietly among themselves.

Others made plans for coffee, and city centre cafes appeared to be doing a roaring trade.

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