THE streets of Ipswich turned red yesterday morning as a large contingent of locals made it clear that the lessons of the Daniel Morcombe tragedy would not be forgotten.
The annual Day for Daniel was marked with a walk from d'Arcy Doyle place, up Limestone St, then back through Brisbane St, with the help of a sturdy police escort.
Participants were asked to wear red clothing to promote the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, which was created by the murdered teen's parents, Bruce and Denise, to raise awareness of child safety issues.
Mayor Paul Pisasale paid tribute to the Morcombes' selfless devotion to helping other parents.
"They want to make sure that no other family in Australia has to go through what they have been through," Cr Pisasale said.
The Mayor re-iterated the need for adults to be vigilant about matters of child safety. "What makes a great community is one where people don't put their heads in the sand and say that it will never happen here," he said.
Daniel Morcombe was only 13 years old when he was abducted from an underpass on the Sunshine Coast on December 7, 2003. His remains were found in the Glasshouse Mountains on August 21, 2011.