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Friday, 26th April, 2013

ANZAC Day services have better attendance each year, especially from the younger generation, according to the RSL sub-branch president. ANZAC Day services have better attendance each year, especially from the younger generation, according to the RSL sub-branch president.

By Emily Roberts

ANZAC Day services have better attendance each year, especially from the younger generation, according to the RSL sub-branch president.

The 98th anniversary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli was commemorated yesterday with a better attended service than last year.

According to the RSL president, Chris Bowden, last year's service was one of the biggest seen in the city for many years.

"This year's service was very good, I am very proud," he said.

"I think we had about 3500 people attend last year and I think we've topped that this year.

"The dawn service was well attended, I think we had 500 last year and this year there had to be over 600 people who attended."

Mr Bowden said there were a lot of younger people in the crowd.

"I think we had more younger people than in the past few years," he said.

"I hope it is a tradition that continues."

Mr Bowden said the services were blessed with good weather and everyone looked like they were enjoying themselves.

"Like last year, yesterday was a day of remembrance, recognition and reunion," Mr Bowden said.

A number of special guests attended the service, among them Naval Captain Colin Dagg who came as a representative of the Royal Australian Navy.

"I am here to represent the Chief of Navy and Chief of Defense Force," Captain Dagg said.

"We represent the service members. There are a lot of members in the Navy from Broken Hill and it is important to get out here."

Captain Dagg said he was very impressed with all the services.

"Broken Hill is amazing, the dawn service was great and all the other dedications," he said.

"The community was well represented as well."

Mayor Wincen Cuy said this was one of the best services he had seen in many years.

"The service was fabulous, it was the best we've had and each year it gets better and better," Mayor Cuy said.

Mayor Cuy said it was also good to see the younger community taking it to heart.

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