Two large motorbikes preceded the Woodburn Anzac march
Two large motorbikes preceded the Woodburn Anzac march Samantha Elley

Poppies a symbol of hope and sacrifice at Woodburn Anzac march

ON THE population boards at the entry to Woodburn, it says 800 people live in the small riverside village.

By the crowds that turned up for the Anzac march at 10am this morning, it seemed more than half the town were there.

Two large motorbikes preceded the procession along the Pacific Highway which included students from Evans River K-12, St Joseph’s Primary School, Woodburn Public School and Trinity Catholic College.

There were also representatives from the RFS, SES, Police and Armed Forces, all who laid wreaths at the memorial at Woodburn Park.

Poppies decorated the pathways and hedges around the commemorative area as speakers competed with the gale-like winds and noisy cockatoos.

Reverend Paul McKendrick of Evans Head Presbyterian Church talked on the poppies being a symbol of the blood spilled by those who died and yet the hope of the flower as it grows.



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