We will never forget

A special day to remember those who fought for our country.

A special day to remember those who fought for our country.

Students from Cooma Public School pay their respects and lay a wreath on Anzac Day. Photos: Tina Zunic.

Students from Cooma Public School pay their respects and lay a wreath on Anzac Day. Photos: Tina Zunic.

Ex-servicemen and family members wear their medals with pride.

Ex-servicemen and family members wear their medals with pride.

LARGE crowds gathered in Cooma to honour past and present servicemen and women on Anzac Day.

While hundreds stood shoulder to shoulder around the cenotaph in the early dawn light, many more lined the streets for the morning service.

The Kokoda Company from Duntroon marched with Chief of Staff Commander Andrew Smith, alongside family members and school students.

Cooma-Monaro RSL president Peter McMahon said every year there were more people at the service, including a lot of children.

"It's just such a pleasure. A lot of effort goes into today," he said.

"When you get to the end of the day and you see that many people turn up, it makes it all worthwhile."

Resident Emma Cunningham wrote to the Express to share her thoughts on the day that marked 99 years since Anzac soldiers landed at Gallipoli.

"I am sure I echo the sentiments of the entire community in expressing my thanks and appreciation to the RSL and participants in the Anzac day ceremonies that allowed the community to remember and mark our respect," she wrote.

"Particular note must be made of the MC of the dawn service, who, unaided by either music or a choir, bravely led the service, singing the hymns and anthems for all to follow.

"And he did an exceptional job."

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