After nine years of anguish, the family of Queensland schoolboy Daniel Morcombe have finally farewelled their son and brother.
Thousands attended a funeral to farewell the teenager nine years to the day since he disappeared while waiting for a bus to go Christmas shopping.
The 13-year-old's remains were found last year in bushland in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.
Daniel's family was joined by former classmates, police officers and politicians for the service at his old school, the Siena Catholic College at Sippy Downs.
Bruce and Denise Morcombe placed their son's unopened Christmas presents from nine years ago on his coffin.
The Morcombes asked people not to be sad or angry but to celebrate their son's life.
"I appeal to you all - please do not be sad," Bruce Morcombe said.
"Appreciate that the evil act that took Daniel happened a long time ago.
"Today is about embracing his return to family and being reflective of what might have been."
Mr Morcombe also paid tribute to everyone who helped in the search for his son, describing Daniel as a quiet, unassuming little boy.
"He was not an attention-seeker, yet because of his sparkling eyes and beaming smile, he is someone everyone took into their hearts," he said.
In his eulogy, Daniel's brother Dean spoke of the close bond Daniel had with his twin Bradley.
Dean Morcombe also described his younger brother's love of animals, food and motocross bikes.
"Daniel was my riding buddy - we would encourage each other to go that bit harder, higher and faster - he was tough," he said.
Many of the 2,000 people at the service wore red - the colour of the .
"Our children and grandchildren are safer because of Daniel's legacy," Bruce Morcombe said.
The church at Siena Catholic College was packed and mourners were also seated outside under marquees to watch the service played on a large screen.
Past and present students of the school formed a guard of honour as his white coffin was taken for a private burial service.
Anika Hume came to farewell her old school friend.
"I think I'm just thankful that we do have this chance to say goodbye," she said.
"There was a lot of fear, I think, for a lot of our cohort that maybe we might never get that chance, he might never be found, he might never be brought home.
"We might never have that chance and today we have that chance. I think that's a really important step for the whole healing process."
Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart says the service gives the Morcombe family some closure.
"I think the whole of Queensland joins with us in the sympathies to the Morcombe family particularly today, nine years to the day that Daniel went missing," he said.
Premier Campbell Newman said the thoughts of all Australians were with Daniel's family today.
Mr Newman attended the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting in Canberra but said he wished he could have been with the family.
"They have been amazing people through this terrible ordeal - they've shown incredible stoicism," he said.
"They've also become inspirational in terms of their quest to warn everybody in Australia about child safety issues and I certainly pay tribute to them today as well."
Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson also offered his condolences.
"We've all been there beside them, supporting them through what has been a very tumultuous nine years," he said.
A committal hearing for the man accused of murdering Daniel will resume in February.
Brett Peter Cowan, 43, has been charged with Daniel's abduction and murder.
Forty-five witnesses have testified at the hearing over the past fortnight in Brisbane.