Tens of thousands cheer city Anzac Day parade

Tens of thousands of people lined the streets of Brisbane to view the 2012 Anzac Day parade and applaud the marching veterans.

Along every street of the parade all vantage points were taken.

In places people were packed six-deep and bus seats turned into sought-after high ground for photographers.

“Every year you see a thickening of the crowds,” one veteran said.

“In Australia and definitely in Brisbane I would say Anzac Day is celebrated more so than in years previous.”

Australians of all ages marched alongside veterans behind banners and bands. Some rode in military jeeps, golf carts and trucks.

A veteran Army nurse said she was proud of the younger members of the military taking part in the marches.

Veteran Reg Green: 'terrific and proud'

“The thing that really gets me is the teenagers,” she said.

“They go overseas and they are there because they choose to fight.”

Reg Green, a veteran of Malaysian and Korean tours, said the march was conducted well.

“I think it was terrific and proud, the marches and all,” he said.

Officials at King George Square dais included the Queensland Governor, Penelope Wensley, Premier Campbell Newman, Lord Mayor Graham Quirk and representatives of the armed forces and police.

Main picture: Crowds fill all spaces around King George Square (Photos by Mitchell Robinson)

3 Responses to “Tens of thousands cheer city Anzac Day parade”
  1. Aunty Shaey says:

    Nice…Well done on your first piece. You should be proud to be a part of the day as well as writing about it.

  2. Leanne Shields says:

    Congratulations on a great story – well written and great pictures.

  3. Barbara says:

    Well written and to the point. Congratulations on a job well done. Glad to see young people writing stories on a subject they weren’t even apart of at the time and yet understand the pride and emotional Anzac Day stirs in us all.

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