Record crowds turn out at Anzac Day services in Gladstone
AT least 6000 Gladstone residents left the comfort of their beds early today to commemorate those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
In a moving ceremony at the war memorial on the corner of Goondoon and Tank streets, children perched on adult shoulders as those around them bowed their heads and laid wreaths during the city's dawn service.
It was Gladstone's biggest Anzac Day dawn service crowd to date.
Gladstone RSL Sub Branch president Russell Tidd praised the children and teenagers who joined the crowd.
"I feel extremely humbled," said Mr Tidd during the ceremony.
"To see the growing involvement of our younger generations is truly a wonderful thing to see."
The crowd returned at 10am to watch the morning march and service at Anzac Park.
Mr Tidd reiterated the magnificent support the 2014 services had received from the Gladstone community.
Speaking on behalf of the city's police, Sergeant Ray Hemmings congratulated the city for its tribute.
Sgt Hemmings served 23 years in the army in areas such as East Timor and Somalia.
He said the turn out was a brilliant display of Gladstone at its best.
"Well done Gladstone, it is amazing to see so many people here."
Bechtel staff flowed from buses to show their support.
A spokesperson from Bechtel said it was important for the company to offer the opportunity for employees to attend because many workers had spent time in the armed forces.