Anzac Day 2019: Thousands gather at Greenbank dawn service

THOUSANDS of people turned up at the Greenbank RSL to pay their respects to the fallen on for the Anzac Day dawn service.

RESPECT: The Eagleby based TS Walrus Australian Navy Cadets at the Greenbank RSL dawn service. Photo: Jacob Wilson

RESPECT: The Eagleby based TS Walrus Australian Navy Cadets at the Greenbank RSL dawn service. Photo: Jacob Wilson

Greenbank RSL Sub Branch president Eric Cavanaugh estimated a minimum of 2000 people were in attendance.

Mr Cavanagh said Anzac Day was a standout day in the defence force calendar.

"Especially for those of us who have served because it is the day we remember those who made the supreme sacrifice. Those who went to war and never came back and those who came back scarred and injured," he said.

"Today is about remembering and honouring those people."

Australian and New Zealand troops landed in Gallipoli on April 25, 1915 in an attempt to defeat Turkish forces.

The campaign was far from a success with more than 8000 Australian lives lost and the war dragged on a further eight months.

Their sacrifice continues to be remembered as Australians enjoy the freedoms and benefits of living in a democracy.

More than 100 years since World War one, Anzac Day has become a time to remember all people who have served in conflict including World War two, the Korean War, Vietnam War, Afghanistan and more.

Greenbank RSL member John Renton served as a mechanic in the Vietnam War when he was in his 20s and has attended every Greenbank service since the RSL was established.

Australian troops were first involved in the Vietnam was in 1962 and continues for a further 13 years until 1975.

Mr Renton told the Jimboomba Times that it was important to remember the traumatic experience many would have suffered.

"It is like living on the edge...you will find the actual combat troops saw more action than the world war two troops did," he said.

"They were walking through the jungle...you can barely see ahead of you and they were on edge."

Mr Renton said recruiting young people to join the Sub Branch was a high priority.

Students from Park Ridge State High School spoke at the service.

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