Federal Member for Fairfax, Clive Palmer MP, says he was deeply moved by the Anzac Day events he attended last Friday.
Mr Palmer began his day at 4.45am as a guest at the Coolum-Peregian RSL dawn service where he laid a wreath before taking in breakfast with veterans.
He then moved on to Maroochy RSL, attending the service, laying a wreath and mingling with both veterans and current members of the defence forces.
Two more Anzac Day services followed – at Mudjimba’s Power Park then Nambour RSL, where Mr Palmer enjoyed lunch with veterans.
“It was one of the most emotional days one could imagine – extremely moving with a real sense of both respect and national pride,” Mr Palmer said.
“Anzac Day is one of our most important days of the year and it always will be. It is a time for quiet reflection to remember the fallen and also at time to give thanks to our current service men and women who protect our great nation.
“I very much enjoyed spending time with the veterans who all had so many tales to tell. What they went through in the name of democracy deserves our gratitude and respect every day.
“Australia was built by on the spirit of the Anzacs and they will never be forgotten,” Mr Palmer added.