Large crowd gathers at Pambula for Anzac Day | Photos

 To the beat of the drum. The Anzac procession streams along Main Street Pambula.
To the beat of the drum. The Anzac procession streams along Main Street Pambula.

Pambula's main street was packed to the brim this morning for the annual Anzac Day march and service.

An estimated 300 people or more turned out to clap and wave as service men and women marched to the beat of the Sapphire Coast Band.

Three young flag bearers led the march under the directions of Sergeant Luke Judd from the Australian Defence Force Academy.

Merimbula RSL sub-branch president Allan Browning led the ceremony.

"There is a call to each of us to use the thread of the Anzacs to strengthen the fabric of our nation. To use compassion and to set an example for the next generation of children," he said in his address.

Pambula Public School pupils, in an imaginative and touching speech, reflected on as "almost 12-year-olds" the difficulties they face in imagining themselves in the situations Anzacs faced.

"People can be remembered through not taking things for granted and helping those around us, and never giving up. They have taught us resilience to keep going and striving for the world we want to grow up in."

Representatives from Lumen Christi College said it was important to appreciate opportunities and to recognise all of those who have served.

The Pambula Public School choir led the audience in singing Amazing Grace as well as the New Zealand and the Australian National Anthems.

As the last post was sounded a subtle breeze swept through the Pambula village and autumn leaves fell gently onto the many wreaths that had been laid on the shrine in commemoration of those who had served.

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