PHOTOS: Biggest Anzac Day service yet at Turkey Beach
RON Jensen was convinced numbers would drop at this year's Anzac Day ceremony at Turkey Beach.
His family even drove four cars to the dawn service just so it would look like there was a crowd.
But there was no need, because it was their biggest service yet with 160 people at dawn and 100 at the morning service.
Cars were parked down the street and around the corner.
The Vietnam Veteran teared up when he thanked the crowd at the morning service.
The honour he feels now ensuring the memory of the fallen Anzacs lives on is a far cry from how he felt when he returned from Vietnam in the early 70s.
"The way we were treated when we arrived by to Australia was terrible.
"I walked down to my local RSL and they wouldn't let me in," he said.
Now he has children at Turkey Beach asking him how they can get involved in the Anzac Day service.
This year young people dominated the service, with some reading poems, delivering the ode, raising the Australian flag and playing the Last Post.
"A lady came up to me this morning and said, 'You're going to have to build a stadium for next year'," he said.
Donning his uncle's old army cadet gear, 11 year old Zakk Coone raised the Australian flag.
"I feel very proud to be able to do this," he said.
His friend Jack Kathcart, 13, delivers the Anzac ode, this year it was his fifth time.
"I was just a young chap when I first started.
"It's cool because sometimes my friends come over and stay the night and then we'll come to the dawn service together.
"I've been brought up going to Anzac Day services," he said.