At the Ballina Anzac Day dawn service Cadet petty officer Shirelle Dalli from T-S Lismore stands to attention for the last post.
At the Ballina Anzac Day dawn service Cadet petty officer Shirelle Dalli from T-S Lismore stands to attention for the last post. Doug Eaton

Strong showing for Ballina service

BALLINA had its biggest dawn service in years today, with about 1000 people turning out in the dark to honour Australia's Anzac heroes.

Speaking at the service, Padre Jack Ransom said it showed the Anzac spirit was still alive and important.

"It still pierces my soul when I mourn the loss of life," he said.

"We remember the fractured families ... and the returnees who tried to piece back together the lives they'd had before.

"I appeal to people - never lose sight of what has been done for us.

"Anzac now is a respected culture.

"It is not a general 'do what you like' mentality.

"That only breeds misbehaviour and contempt.

"We've got to start again somewhere and peace will be our reward."



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