The Hibiscus Coast RSA Anzac ceremony usually has a larger turnout than other Coast services, with around 1000 people attending. Wellington-based Carl Fisk attended the ceremony with his parents who live on the Coast. He has served in the Royal NZ Air Force for 27 years.
Cadets, spectators and even some service personnel succumbed to the heat during the Coast’s only official Anzac Day service last month, held at the Hibiscus Coast Community RSA in Vipond Road.
Several people were carried out due to the heat and dehydration, with Manly Fire Brigade volunteer Janette Baird saying at least 11 people fainted during the hour-long ceremony.
Besides the increased police presence and a brief mention of the Christchurch attack, the ceremony proceedings remained similar to previous years, with speeches, laying of wreaths and Christian prayers.
RSA vice president Dave Drydan says it was difficult to tell if there was a larger turnout at this year.
“I would say there was around 1000 people there,” he says.