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Anzac Day a time of reflection for Ula

Ula Agnew in her army days.

Anzac Day is a special time for local resident Ula Agnew, who is one of Bundaberg's remaining World War II veterans.

Mrs Agnew enrolled in the Australian Women’s Army Service in 1941 when she was just 21 years old.

She recalls catching the train from Bundaberg to Brisbane with only a suitcase in tow.

“It was a big thing for a country girl – I was sworn in at the showgrounds, and then I was off to the rookie course, it was hard work, but everyone was in the same boat,” she said.

“You learnt just to keep your nose clean and that was it.

“I went in as a Private and came out a Warrant Officer and I am proud of that – I am proud to have served.”

Mrs Agnew said Anzac Day was a significant time of year and it was important for the community to remember the sacrifices made.

“I say never lose the thoughts for the Anzacs, no matter what is happening around us,” Mrs Agnew said.

“Australia is unique and unlike anywhere else in the world; it’s important to love Australia, our home, our country.”

Ula Agnew marching in the Australian Women's Army Service.

As part of the 2022 Anzac Day commemorations, Mrs Agnew's story was featured in the regional ceremonies booklet.

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